Pirates Drama: The Good and Bad of A.J. Burnett


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The Pittsburgh Pirates return to Pittsburgh on a roll, everyone knows that.  But we want to take a quick look back and talk about A.J. Burnett.

Some people didn’t think it was cool that he barked at Clint Barmes yesterday.  It was apparent that Burnett was pissed.  We trust Barmes bitched right back at Burnett and told him to throw a few strikes.

We doubt that happened, but until a player gives it back to Burnett, the guy is the leader and when he is on the mound, he’s drill sergeant hard.

Pops Stargell played the good guy leader role.

When A.J. Burnett is on the mound, he is not a nice man.

Not a great teammate some would say.  When Clint Hurdle came to get him out of the ballgame, Burnett only spoke to Russell Martin saying what looked like “good game.”

He then spit.  It was remotely near some of his teammates, primarily Pedro Alvarez.

[Hurdle downplayed it in an interview this morning on TribLiveRadio.  Video link around 10:20 mark]

Captain Intensity does what Captain Intensity does.  He’s near the end of his career.  He’s not happy with becoming a two-pitch pitcher because by the time the third time through the lineup comes around, it gets tough.

On the mound, A.J. Burnett transforms into a mercenary.  The right-hander has one sole mission.

We’re damn glad he does too.  We can live without the shit that happens, but screw it, pinch yourself, Burnett is one of the best five options to bring home a division title.

The four other days when he isn’t on the mound Burnett has some noted characteristics that should be pointed out as well.  Burnett has been vocal about the treatment of the Pirates players.  The organization does some stupid shit and Burnett is never shy to point it out.

Player parking and the black jersey come to mind immediately.

Burnett has also done what he doesn’t have to do.  We remember watching BP at the beginning of last season and he came over and said hello to everyone.  He didn’t have to do that, we never expected it, but it immediately opened our eyes to the fact that there is a deeper, more personal Burnett outside of the Walking Dead/Batman tweets and colorful tattoos.

Here is a really cool example.

Some people didn’t like it when he barked at Jordy Mercer during the game in Washington. We witnessed it first hand.

Others didn’t like him ‘showing up’ Clint Hurdle. Personally, Hurdle needs barked at more often.

Here is an example of bad A.J.

We didn’t like when he did this, because it probably gets the team an out. AJcatch

Burnett lets fans know how he feels too, the guy doesn’t like the woo.  He tells the fans he doesn’t like the woo.  He tells fans while on camera, he doesn’t like the woo.

Look, on occassion, I like to let a huge woooooooooooooooooo from the bottom of my belly.

If Burnett doesn’t like me doing that, fuck him.

AJNoWoo

There is no grey line with A.J. Burnett.  Love it. Leave it.  We love it.

So let me make this clear. You are out at your favorite drinking establishment with the one you love. A.J. Burnett walks in. We think most of you buy him a beer. The guy has meant to much to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization to think otherwise. We agree with Dejan.

As soon as the bartender puts it in front of him.

We are standing up and cutting loose a woo that would make Ric Flair blush.

Of course, we know what’s comin’ because we know what A.J. Burnett is.  I think his teammates do too.

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  • Matt Brisley

    Gotta love AJ rough edges and all. Leaders aren’t always warm and fuzzy and sometimes bark but at the end of the day don’t hold any grudges. It’s part of the game. Have a beer after the game. IMHO AJ is one of the faces our current hypothetical Bucs “Mount Rushmore”

  • Tj Streib

    Personally, I thought it WAS pretty damn cool that he barked at Barmass! Made me want to go out & get a Burnett jersey!

    BARMASS MUST GO!!

    • Rick Eger

      Barmes hit a home run after that!!

    • Tj Streib

      Oh? That ACCIDENT? Even a blind squirrel can find a nut occasionally. Wouldn’t have needed it if it wasn’t for the TWO runs he let in that prompted AJ’s outburst!

    • Rick Eger

      You really don’t like Brames do you, or maybe you’re jealous of his 10 million dollar contract???

    • Tj Streib

      No I don’r. And I don’t care if they pay him $1.80. he srill sucks!

    • Rick Eger

      did he steal your wife or something?

    • Tj Streib

      The guy sucks!! Everybody knows it! (except of course, you & Hurdle) Why are you sticking up for the bum? Is he blowing you too?

    • Rick Eger

      Wow maybe you should grow up? It’s a game numb nuts! Barmes is the best short stop since Ozzie Smith!

    • Tj Streib

      Wow…… you really have issues. and the Ozzie Smith comparison is just completely asinine! I’m just going to have to assume I’ve been dealing with a 12 year old & do the thing 12 year olds can’t stand…. and just ignore you

    • Rick Eger

      Do you know anything at all about baseball?

    • Rick Eger

      Barmes is a free agent after this year, he won’t be back but you just might miss his glove.

    • Tj Streib

      I’ll never miss any part of him, especially the times that “glove” thought they were playing VOLLEYBALL instead of baseball!

  • jdk47

    Pirates need somebody like AJ who will get in their ass and tell them…”no. It’s not alright to screw up. There’s not always a tomorrow.”

  • Rick Eger

    Gotta love A.J. he brought respect back too the Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  • Rick Eger

    Their best pitcher since Doug Drabek!!