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Sunday, August 21, 2011

NYT: A.J. Burnett Leaves Early, but Not Quietly, From His Latest Poor Performance

In his worst outing of the season, and perhaps his worst as a Yankee, Burnett surrendered seven runs on a combination of five hits, three walks and two wild pitches as the Minnesota Twins pounded the Yankees, 9-4, at Target Field.

...That brought Girardi from the dugout, and when he took the ball, television cameras caught Burnett expressing anger — anger he later attributed to his being upset with a pitch call by an umpire and was not directing his anger at Girardi.

Girardi appeared to say something back, and it was not a pleasantry. Girardi later denied that they exchanged cross words. Burnett walked off the field and straight down the tunnel to the clubhouse but later came back to watch as relief pitcher Luis Ayala allowed the rest of Burnett’s runners to score. Ayala issued a bases-loaded walk to Justin Morneau and then gave up a two-run single to Jason Kubel as the Twins extended their lead to 7-0.

Thanks to CB.

Repoz Posted: August 21, 2011 at 03:17 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2011 at 03:55 AM (#3905184)
But just look at his peripherals! Oh wait, never mind.
   2. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:19 AM (#3905191)
Girardi is... not skilled at handling the media. Try to find his postgame press conference.
   3. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:24 AM (#3905194)
Here's the video. Gets interesting at about 30 seconds in.
   4. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:38 AM (#3905198)
Here the Daily News says that Burnett's first August win last week was a "huge monkey off his back":

Burnett seemingly got a huge monkey off his back on Monday with his win against the Royals, his first August victory as a Yankee. Even before last night's game, Girardi tried to downplay Burnett's recent ineffectiveness, doing his best to paint a positive picture.

That August Pressure strikes again.
   5. NJ in NY (Now with Baby!) Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:43 AM (#3905200)
Watched the postgame and I buy the argument that AJ was just talking to Martin about the last pitch call. However, I'm also buying that AJ is ####### at terrible at pitching and I'd really rather not sit through another of his starts. Maybe my objective pipe is just kicked.
   6. Tin Angel Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:52 AM (#3905203)
Video of Burnett's postgame interview.

Not only does he talk like Nuke LaLoosh, he kinda looks like him too.
   7. Repoz Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:54 AM (#3905204)
Even safe-as-milk Singleton said during his old school post game wrap...that AJ Burnett showed up Girardi.
   8. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:58 AM (#3905206)
After Burnett was taken out, he clearly looked back at Girardi and said "That's effing BS." Girardi seemed to jaw in return, although he wasn't facing Burnett.

I don't really see how Burnett was talking about the call on the 3-2 pitch -- which was properly called a ball anyway -- but so what? So he was upset at Girardi for taking him out. There's still no "story" there. Pitchers don't like being taken out in the 2nd inning, and sometimes say things about it.
   9. Dale Sams Posted: August 21, 2011 at 04:03 PM (#3905318)
Ray, it looked to me like he said "That's (or 'that was') a strike" and Girardi said 'I know, I know"...but I only saw it once with no rewind. At least we're on the same page with 'that's'.

And I agree there's no story. I tohught Girardi was actually restrained in the conference when the reporters kept basically asking him the same question....I'd make a terrible beat writer. I'd be standing there trying to think of something original to ask while everyone else is getting their stupid questions in.
   10. Ron J Posted: August 21, 2011 at 05:18 PM (#3905361)
#9 "What's the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?" or perhaps "Does AJ weigh the same as a duck?"
   11. Dale Sams Posted: August 22, 2011 at 03:13 AM (#3905708)
"Does AJ weigh the same as a duck?"

The blank look from Girardi would be worth standing in the unemployment line.
   12. Tuque Posted: August 22, 2011 at 04:01 AM (#3905730)
Okay that question has been bothering me for two days. Clearly AJ Burnett does not weigh the same as a duck. That's stupid. The proper question is "If you could match AJ Burnett's weight in ducks, how many ducks would that be?"

And, for the sake of trivia, the correct answer is ~31, given that AJ Burnett's listed weight is 230 pounds and the average duck weighs 7.5 pounds.

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