Yankee Fans React to A.J. Burnett Decision

 

The ALCS IS HERE!

As announced on Monday, the New York Yankees will go with a four-man rotation for the American League Championship Series against either the Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers. What this most likely means…

CC Sabathia pitches Game One.

Andy Pettitte pitches Game Two.

Phil Hughes pitches Game Three.

And… .:gulp:.

A.J. Burnett pitches Game Four.

Game Four Starter

Yankee beat reporter Bryan Hoch posted his story to the Yankees’ official Facebook page, sparking an overwhelming reaction from the fans. Much like Burnett’s hot-and-cold behavior, some of the fans were upset and some backed the lanky right-hander.

Another chapter in the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story that is Burnett. Here are some fans responses to the Yankees’ decision of using Burnett in the ALCS:

The Hostile

Uhhhhh.....

 

      ·       “Oh no……Not A.J. We want to win!”–Kibra Phillip

 

      ·       Joe better have the bullpen up in the first. He CANNOT allow this idiot to give up seven runs again. This is not the regular season. His excuses are over. There is no such thing as managing for the long haul.“–Greg Baron

 

 

·         “Please…PLEASE don’t blow it!”–Dawn Diaz

 

·         “Why are they using Burnett?! Keep him on the bench!”–Fran Rutigliano

 

·         “A.J. is horrible.”–David Leary

 

·         “Burnett stinks and does not deserve a spot in the playoffs. What is wrong with a three-man rotation?”–Stuart Knee

 

·         “God help us all.”–Brenda Canizares

 

·         “Do not want.”–Kelly Adcox.

 

·         “Sit him DOWN!”–Teri Horta

 

·         “Burnett is a waste of $82 million. He chokes!”–Mark Slugocki

 

·         “Don’t screw this up, Burnett!”–Brian Trimarchi

 

·         “Well, there’s a loss.”–Amy Fuda Jahnke

 

·         “That’s trouble for the Yankees. A.J. is brutal.”–Patrick Auletto

 

·         “Guaranteed Loss.”–Dillon Coello

 

·         “LOSER. For a veteran pitcher, he doesn’t know how to pitch.”–Allan Reid Nissen

 

·         “Don’t start him.”–Donald Coombs

 

Obviously many people do not believe in Burnett. However, there are quite a few people who think he can pull it out and pitch as effectively as he did in last year’s postseason:

The Faithful

Go A.J.!

 

·         “Burnett can redeem himself with a great outing, but admittedly, given his weak season, we are left to hope rather than expect an effective start. Still, in your corner A.J.!”–Tim Rake

 

·         “Call it a hunch, but I think A.J. will rise to the occasion in Game Four. He’s definitely due.“–Jorge Rafael Ruiz

 

·         “If A.J. performs well in the postseason all will be forgotten…“–Mark Consenza

 

·         “Now is the time for A.J. to prove people wrong.”–Kyle Henebury

 

·         “In Joe I trust…”–Nicholas Castano

 

·         “Yankees fans at the stadium should do their best to encourage A.J. and give him a boost. His issues may be in his head. Stand up, cheer, and give the guy some support.“–Anthony Nuzzi

 

·         “I have a feeling Burnett will do a great job!”–Millie Martin

 

·         A.J. deserves a chance. Let him prove himself.”–Dean Butcher

 

·         “He had an awful season that’s obvious but we’re talking about a guy who throws 95mph with incredible movement and has a knee buckling curve ball. Potential doesn’t guarantee wins but when a guy has that kind of talent you can’t blame the Yankees for trying to catch lightning in a bottle.”–D.J. Braman

·         “He has the nastiest stuff. He just needs to go out there and do it!”–Bill Treadway

 

·         “Stay strong A.J.”–Brigette Burnett (A little curious about this fan…)

 

·         “I will say, Burnett has not had the best season. But who started Game Two of the World Series last year? Who was the one who beat the Red Sox in the second game of this season? He has potential. He has some of the best stuff in the league, he just needs some work. I guarantee he is working his tail off right now so he can be a stud when he pitches.”–Hunter White

 

·         “Show some confidence in the man. It’s easier to pitch with confidence if you know you have the fans behind you. If Dave Eiland believes in him, I think the rest of us armchair managers can too, for one game.“–Andy Fagerlund 

 

·         “I hope he becomes unstoppable and shuts up all the sports commentators…that’s what I’m praying for…”–Joe Santiago, Jr.

 

·         “A.J. deserves a shot! We all know he had a rocky season but he still won 10 games and the Yankees’ offense wasn’t productive during most of his losses. GO YANKEES!”–Frank Berardi

 

·         “Come on, Burnett. You are due for an awesome game.”–Mark Daunt

 

·         “Hopefully A.J. finds his rhythm. He is a Yankee for a reason and I hope he shows it come the ALCS.”–Zac Gallo

 

·         “I fully support A.J. and have faith that he will perform well. And all you haters should be ashamed of yourselves. If you’re a fan of the team, you support the ENTIRE team. That includes management decisions. A.J. is just a reminder to us all that the Yankees aren’t perfect and that’s just how it is. Get over it!”at the Yanks aren’t “perfect” and that’s just how it is. Ge–Val Scho

 

 

As you can easily see by the fans’ reactions, there are naysayers and believers; people who cannot stand the Yankees’ decision and those who are willing to give Burnett a chance to win back the fans.

Along with all these comments, I have to say, a few Yankee fans made me laugh; their words were quite amusing (albeit ridiculous) in the midst of all the skepticism and belief.

The Funny


Funny? 

·         “I’m going to jump off a hill.”–Lorenzo Bellone

 

·         “He will be the only pitcher in MLB history to lose a simulated game.”–Joe Castellano

 

·         “A.J. needs to find a new line of work.”–Eddie Bonnier

 

·         “I’m sure Swisher could make himself available.”–Brian Lesko

 

·         “Hopefully he pitches on a weekend so we can all drink. We’ll probably need it.”–MaryLou DiPalo

 

·         “NO! Kill me now.”–Lisa Korman Minnaker

 

·         “Pray for severe rainstorms.”–Neil Berkman

 

·         “A.J. will pitch the second no-hitter of this postseason. Just watch.”–Taresha Foxx

 

·         “I would rather be tased than watch Burnett pitch another game in pinstripes.”–Mike DeTraglia

 

  • My dead grandmother can pitch better than this guy.”–Johnny Luis Reeves

 

·         “Cringing…ulcer…the runs…and lock jaw!”–David Wilson

 

·         “Please, A.J. Stay home and watch the playoffs on TV.”–Edwin Maradiaga

 

·         “Are they TRYING not to make it to the World Series? This is like the Knicks bringing back Isaiah!”–Rich Kim

 

Finally, among all the hostile, faithful, and funny comments, I came across the most intelligent one. I could not track down who said it, but I totally agree with it…

“I reserve my comment until after he pitches.”

And that’s where I’ll leave it.

 


Do it, Burnett

5 Comments

Let me be the first and not the last to say this is simply SCARY!
AJ has been awful this season and certainly not spectacular even last year. I would hate to think we might be in a position to win the championship series and have him on the mound. Joe needs to take a hard look at this decision if we find ourselves in that position! The question becomes who replaces him? Mosley maybe or do you ask CC or Andy to go on three or four days rest?

Yo man I’m a first time commenter on your blog but I’ve discovered it when you commented on Jane’s blog. Your blog is also great and informative and I’ve enjoyed reading it. As for AJ Burnett, why was anyone surprised by the news? Wasn’t it common knowledge due to the ALCS and WS schedules this year that a 3 man rotation wouldn’t be possible? AJ’s the best option we have for the fourth spot. Do people really wanna see Javy, Moseley, Mitre, Gaudin, or Nova in that spot? The comments you left of those panicky people are just hilarious though so thanks for posting them. Like you, I will wait until he pitches until I form any opinion on the move, positive or negative.
Leo

I would agree with you on Javy, but I believe Moseley’s stats are better than AJ’s?? Nova doesn’t have the experience and once runners get on base he becomes frazzeled. Mitre and Gaudin are situational pitchers or only one inning situations.

It is evident that the Yankees are tanking game four by starting AJ . By warning the fans in the newspaper that he is pitching , maybe they are telling us to get drunk before AJ gives up 7 in the first two innings .
At least it will be a home game and the fans will give him what he deserves . If AJ is a team player , he will stay home .

They are coming closer to reality by TRYING to trade AJ Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates !

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