A.J Burnett is the man.

Four Words Everybody Forgets About A.J. Burnett


Even 93.7 The Fan forgot the three magic words in the headline of the best A.J. Burnett interview ever done in his two years in Pittsburgh.  Colin Dunlap executed the interview in excellent fashion, and he said it again tonight on his show.  Burnett said some magic words with those words everyone remembers.

The words that made all the headlines.

The words all of us wanted to hear.


Those four magic words were as follows:

“As of right now…”

Burnett put a disclaimer on his comment.  We wrote about it a while back. http://rumbunter.com/?p=41428

Don’t forget those words.  Don’t just brush those words off.  Burnett said the words and he repeated them.  Go back and listen to it again if you don’t believe me.  It’s rather convenient to forget that and just hate on the man that was the essence of competitiveness for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  A.J. doesn’t come across as cocky if you ever talk to him.

I was fortunate enough to meet him and it’s just not in his bones to be the arrogant one.  He loved Mars.  He loved the Cranberry area.  He loved being a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher and if the team had an owner with some cash to invest in baseball, he would be a Pirates pitcher in 2014.

Pittsburgh took him in.  Many of you loved him.  We still will.  The teammates in the locker room loved him, at least most of the time.  Burnett says the decision is about his family and his kids.

He wants to win a championship.  Can’t blame him for that whatsoever.

But I think that there is something deeper here.  Much deeper.  As Burnett said, he doesn’t have a problem with Clint Hurdle.  I believe him.

But it makes me wonder who in the Pirates organization he does have a problem with.  I think I know the answer, but it will be interesting to find out as this off-season drama, the most important off-season in twenty years unfolds.


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  • Opie Huntington

    AJ was as much of a cancer as he was a leader. I like AJ but he wore out his welcome just like he has everywhere else. Some of shenanigans like screaming at Hurdle, Barmes, sutting down the bullpen when he barely got out of the jam he put himself in, finally took its toll on this team. As much as he helped, he also hurt, just look how Jeff Locke’s (Robin lol) attitude sucked as bad as his pitching. And most importantly, no team should pay $10+ mill to a 4-5th starter with a sh!tty attitude, especially when you have talent like Taillon and Kingham waiting for their turn this year. Thanks AJ, take care and good riddance.

  • JBubs

    Tom, I am not sure what happens if the Pirates make an offer (8.5 million?) and A.J. doesn’t decide after the seven day period. Bu in a sane world, this is how a deal might go down. If I
    were on the downside of my pitching career I would want to go only
    with a team that a) I had had good success with and b) that had a good chance to win the title right now. For AJ
    that team would be the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Advantage Pirates.) But the
    8.5 million offer would be insulting, hell, any single digit offer would
    look insulting to me, screw the top 125 players average. So I listen to offer, however low-ball, and I wait. (Advantage A.J.) Here is how it could now work out. The
    Pirates offer AJ 10 million, the lowest double-digit starting point. (I know, but you’re dealing with perceptions here). AJ says “15″, an amount he doesn’t remotely expect. The Pirates say “11″. AJ says
    “14″. The Pirates say “12″. AJ says “13″. Pirates say “12.5 million, final
    offer”. AL says “Done, and now let’s win this thing.” But even if this would occur only in a sane world, no player is greater than his effect on the team. In the end the Pirates will win with or without A.J. Burnett.

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