A.J. offers the ball, accepts the blame

AJ.jpgJoe Girardi wasn’t expecting A.J. Burnett to be pleased to see his manager coming to the mound to retrieve the baseball in the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday, and the right-hander certainly was not. Burnett planted the ball in Girardi’s hand and stalked off the mound, his intentions set upon taking frustrations out on the water cooler.

There were questions after the game if Burnett had been somehow disrespectful in handling his departure from the game, not waiting on the mound and appearing to avoid looking Girardi in the face as he exited. But Girardi said that he learned from his days wearing shin guards that you don’t expect pitchers who have just been rocked to have the best etiquette.

“He handed [the ball] to me,” Girardi said. “The one thing I’ve always accepted in being a catcher is I don’t ever judge a guy in the heat of the moment. I don’t. I had pitchers scream at me, I had pitchers tell me to [get lost] at times. I had pitchers who didn’t want to talk to me at times. It’s the competitiveness in him.

“I don’t expect him to bow and say, ‘Thank you for giving me the ball.’ I don’t have a problem with that. now, if it happens the next day, then there’s an issue. But there’s feelings in this game, there’s emotions in this game. I had them when I played. When I had a terrible at-bat, I didn’t want somebody to slap me on the rear end and say, ‘Nice job.’ So I understand that.”

It was the fourth time in Burnett’s career that he has gone 2 2/3 innings or less, and his shortest since lasting only two frames in a 10-9 loss with the Blue Jays at Detroit on April 4, 2007. It also marked Burnett’s first career loss against the Red Sox.

Burnett reflected on his outing after the game, saying, “It’s disappointing to everybody. I think the toughest thing is you come out of a game like that and you’ve got to look all of those guys in the face when you come in. That’s a feeling you don’t want to have.”

Asked if that was why he went after an inanimate object with such vigor, Burnett said, “I’m not the first person to kick over a water cooler.”

Summing up his first 12 starts as a Yankee (4-3, 4.89 ERA) after signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal, Burnett said that he has been “terrible.”

“I had glimpses of greatness, but I’m not very consistent right now,” he said. “I’m not a negative guy, so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. But when I do get on that run, it’s going to be impressive. I promise you that.”

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I just don’t think it’s fair how bi-polar you all are with your criticism. When the Yanks were on a role, there were no complaints about Girardi. Take a position and stick to it.

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Like I said in an earlier post this team needs to win these series in order to hope to win the division and get to the postseason. This team needs to take at least 2 of 3 games from the Suks in order to make a statement, not from a standings standpoint but rather a psychological one, but I have my doubts they can do that. The Suks are a better team than the Yanks and thanks to Crashman it’s still a flawed team not just with the pen but with the bench as well, make no mistake this team won’t be going anywhere if it doesn’t do it.

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Like I said in an earlier post this team needs to win these series in order to hope to win the division and get to the postseason. This team needs to take at least 2 of 3 games from the Suks in order to make a statement, not from a standings standpoint but rather a psychological one, but I have my doubts they can do that. The Suks are a better team than the Yanks and thanks to Crashman it’s still a flawed team not just with the pen but with the bench as well, make no mistake this team won’t be going anywhere if it doesn’t do it.

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I’ll tell ya, I hope Wang pitches “big” tonight. Maybe Cone can tell us if he’s jerking his pitches to home plate or not.

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Well, I know the Yanks can beat
the Red Sox soon. There a good team.
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There were two reasons why I was hesitant the Yanks sign Burnett, the first being that he was an injury-prone player and the second that Crashman was making the same mistake he made with Pavano by signing a pitcher based only on one good season. So far the results have been more Pavano-like so far than anything else. He needs to turn his season around otherwise he will be seen as another Pavano.

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ND,
I’ve lived through two other bad decades, 1965-1976 and 1982-1995. They were hard to take, but I think there is more promise now! The biggest problem I see is the bullpen. There will be more tinkering with the pieces we have and we may shop for a relief arm in July. No team is throwing in the towel yet so we don’t know who may be available. Bruney and Marte may help a lot!!!I like how Tomko performed last night and would like to see him used more.

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Remember, Hughes was used only for one inning. If Wang falters tonight he will be ready! And in view of Burnett’s past dominance against the Sox, there was no reason to expect less in pinstripes. Part of the blame may be April weather in June!!!

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“We’re still tied for first place,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You have to look at the big picture”. That won’t be the case after tonight. The big picture is this team sucks. Don’t be fooled into thinking the Yankees will get to the World Series. They won’t even win the East because they can’t beat the chowds. If they win the wild card and that’s a big if, they’ll get bounced in the first round. This team is pathetic. New faces but same old crap. This is a bad decade as Yankee fan.

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Not to mention the IDIOT Girardi now puts Wang in a VERY TOUGH SPOT??
FRIGGIN IDIOT!

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I agree with Burnett about being terrible-TERRIBLE I can think of other words to discribe him!!!
But remember PEOPLE GIRARDI GETS alot of the blame here, he is the IDIOT that switched Pettitte and Burnett not only giving Burnett and himself an excuse (toolong of a rest) but taking away confidence from PETTITTE. WTF way to show you are behind your PITCHING STAFF GIRARDI YOU MENTAL MIDGET DUMB *SS!!!!
Girardi MUST go this team will NEVER win a playoff game NEVER MIND THE WORLD SERIES with him!!!!!!!!

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Record on this date: June 10th
2009 – 34 – 24 – T1st +0
2008 – 33 – 32 – 4th -6
2007 – 30 – 31 – 2nd -9.5
2006 – 35 – 25 – 2nd -.5
2005 – 29 – 31 – 4th -7
2004 – 38 – 20 – 1st +3.5
2003 – 36 – 27 – 1st +.5
2002 – 41 – 23 – 2nd -1.5

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 9, 2009
Scranton/WB 6
Charlotte (White Sox) 3 (10)
W: Melancon (3-0, 2.92); L: Link (0-1, 2.57); SV: Claggett (3)
HR: SWB: Leone (3). CHA: Myrow (7).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_09_swbaaa_chraaa_1
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Trenton 3
Reading (Phillies) 5
W: Drabek (2-0, 1.50); L: De La Rosa (3-3, 3.66); SV: Anderson (3)
HR: TRN: Corona (2). REA: Sellers (6), Mahar (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_09_treaax_reaaax_1
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Sarasota (Reds) 1
Tampa 2
W: Zink (3-5, 4.44); L: Gonzalez, R (0-2, 3.55); SV: Hovis (5)
HR: SAR: Mesoraco (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_09_sarafa_tbyafa_1
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Augusta (Giants) 2
Charleston 0
W: Loree (3-4, 3.86); L: Noesi (2-3, 2.40); SV: Quirarte (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_06_09_augafx_crdafx_1
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD June 10, 2009
Trenton
Reading (Phillies) 7:05 PM
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Sarasota (Reds) 7:00 PM
Tampa
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Augusta (Giants) 7:05 PM
Charleston
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atleast you know he’s passionate about winning!

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I think that tonight is a must win. As much as I hate to say it. The fact is, we’ve already lost the short series….

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So, yesterday MLB.com runs a piece that says “Burnett rested and ready” for the SUCHS. Last night, Girardi offers that it’s tough to pitch on 7 days rest as an excuse. Well??? Which is it? Or did AJ just SUCH last night?? Thanks for being up for the game. Thanks for drawing on your 10 year MLB career experience. Thanks for nothing turdball. 4th time in his career that he’s gone 2 2/3rds or less. What is that? The SECOND or THIRD “Gee, I haven’t done THAT more than once or twice in my career” moment??

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I’m sure that A.J. is perplexed – he could beat the Red Sox as a Jay but not so far as a Yankee.

Julia
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Copy and pasted from the previous post:

I am VERRRRRRRRRRRY curious as to why the Yankees didn’t take Tanner Scheppers with the #29 pick. This guy went #48 overall last season to the Pirates, and was a young pitcher with a POWER arm. His fastball has reached 101MPH, his slider comes in 87-89MPH, and he has solid control. At 6’4″ and 200 pounds, he’s got a solid frame. Instead the Yankees pick a high school player who underwent ACL reconstruction surgery this past November. Granted he’s showing no il effects, and he has a high-ceiling projection, but still. I don’t understand why they didn’t go after the prototype pitcher that they look for, solid, POWER-arm pitchers…

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