On December 18, 2008 the New York Yankess signed AJ Burnett to a five year $82.5 million contract. His first couple of seasons in pinstripes were successful, helping the team win the World Series in 2009 by winning game 2 of the series.
During the 2010 season Burnett's pitching was quite disastrous, as he went 10-15, 5.26 ERA. 2011 hasn't been any better for the right-hander, as his record is 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA. The Yankees skipper, Joe Giradi, had removed the erratic Burnett from the post season rotation, but was forced to re-insert him for Game 4 after Game 1 was suspended for rain. Burnett was quoted as saying:
"Believe it or not, I have pretty good confidence every start. I always go out believing I can throw a no-hitter, even last year when I couldn't get out of the first inning. I had good games and bad games this season, but my confidence has never been a problem."
Although Burnett is confident in himself, his coach doesn't seem to share the same sentiment. Giradi told ESPN that Burnett will likely have a very short leash. Die hard Yankees fans have flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts and their predictions on what will happen when Burnett takes the mound tonight... most of them are pure doom and gloom though:
Aj burnett tonight on TBS... Not very funny
Hoping there was a typo and the Yanks will have Carol Burnett on the mound tonight, and not AJ Burnett.
Fill in the blank: AJ Burnett will _______________ tonight.
***BREAKING NEWS!!!*** AJ Burnett has already given up a run to the Tigers.
So our entire season is dependent on AJ Burnett? What could possibly go wrong?
For 82.5M million, shouldn't the Yankees be able to count on AJ Burnett to at least save their season?
AJ Burnett is pitching tonight. God, help us all.
Why doesnt anyone have confidence in aj burnett? Just take a look at his numbers... Oh, wait.. My bad
AJ Burnett, I'm BEGGING YOU, please win this game.
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