ESPN.com just published the following story. I’m nearly certain that every major sports news site will try to paint it as evidence of dischord and disharmony in the Yankee clubhouse, a place that is famously described as “corporate” and “tense” whenever it’s convenient for a writer to do so.
But if you drown out the background noise and read the important part of this story, you’ll really like what AJ Burnett says here.
I’ve thrown good to both [catchers]. My good games, I’m right. My bad games, it’s not the catcher, it’s me … When I’m good, it doesn’t matter which one is behind the plate.
Look at that, folks! AJ Burnett took responsibility for his failures (Joba, take notes; this is how it’s done, son). I’ll bet no ESPN scribe would ever point that out, as it would interfere with their effort to portray Burnett as a renegade clubhouse back-stabber.
It’s making me out to be the bad guy again…And obviously Jorge’s upset. He’s a big part of this team. He’s a leader on and off the field and hopefully his mind will be right to get in there and get a pinch hit when the time comes.
I love this Burnett guy. I hope he lights up the radar gun and tosses zeroes. I hope he teaches the mainstream sports media a lesson at the Twins’ expense.
How’s that for some rah-rah fanboy stuff on an off-day?
-Posted by MJ