Burnett staying in rotation, says he “wouldn’t change a lot”
First things first, for those who spent the latter innings of tonight’s game calling for it – Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he isn’t taking A.J. Burnett out of the rotation.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Burnett seemed oddly placid when asked about his start today. He would wanted to bounce the curveball that Jeff Mathis hit for the ground-rule double in the sixth, but other than that, Burnett was fine for the most part with his outing.
“I wouldn’t change a lot that I did. Pretty much, I pitched with conviction all night,” he said. ” … Of course it’s frustrating. But I’m leaving it all on the field. I kept my team in it as best I could.”
Some of this new outlook may be thanks to CC Sabathia, as Burnett said the ace has been counseling him on a few things.
“I’ll get upset about it later tonight, not while I’m on the mound,” Burnett said. “That’s one of the things Big Man told me, he helped me out there. A lot of times I’ll get mad and take myself out of ballgames. I can’t do that.”
As for that new blond haircut, Burnett said he did it on a dare with his kids – especially 7-year-old Ashton, who has been sporting an identical look for a while now. Burnett did it as a surprise after the Yankees’ road trip.
“You should have seen the look on his face when I got off that airplane,” Burnett said. “He was a happy little man, believe it.”