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Burnett on pie-throwing: Safety first

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07:43 AM ET 07.28 | Despite Chris Coghlan's cautionary tale, A.J. Burnett is still into pie-throwing. "I feel sorry for him," Burnett said. "You can't take the fun out of the game, but you have to do it right, I guess. It's an unfortunate incident, but I'm still going to throw pies." Burnett has delivered about 20 pies since joining the Yankees. "I don't exactly go full-sprint at somebody with a pie," Burnett said. "Stuff happens ... I always try to somewhat think safety first -- unless I'm snapping -- even when I'm pie-ing."

New York Daily News

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July 28, 2010  08:22 AM ET

Any pitcher that has been as inconsistant as he has should be throwing less pies and more bullpen sessions.

July 28, 2010  08:37 AM ET

Well said mongo...This dude is killing my fantasy baseball team...He freakin sux and here he is talking about clowning around

July 28, 2010  08:53 AM ET

Dude has one of the sickest curveballs in the game. One of the games elite pitchers. Yet he is pitching like the J.V. girls softball teams 6th pitcher. Now I love the pie, especially hair pie, but AJ really needs to buckle down and man up and start pitching.

July 28, 2010  08:58 AM ET

Throwing pies reminds me of The Three Stooges.

July 28, 2010  09:02 AM ET

Well that 'splains it...AJ's arm is fatigued from the pie throwing...or another possibility is too many circle jerks with Arod

July 28, 2010  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Dude has one of the sickest curveballs in the game. One of the games elite pitchers. Yet he is pitching like the J.V. girls softball teams 6th pitcher. Now I love the pie, especially hair pie, but AJ really needs to buckle down and man up and start pitching.

he is FAR FAR FAR away from an elite pitcher...Cole Hammels is much better then AJ and Cole is far away from a status of elite....

July 28, 2010  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

he is FAR FAR FAR away from an elite pitcher...Cole Hammels is much better then AJ and Cole is far away from a status of elite....

Hamels was a one hit wonder, much like our fearless Zach Greinke

July 28, 2010  09:47 AM ET

Wait...isn't this coming from the guy that just punched the clubhouse doors, causing lacerations on his hand and, thus, had to be removed from the game? Or are we talking about another AJ Burnett? Safety first, huh? This is a just a TAD hypocritical, no?

July 28, 2010  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Wait...isn't this coming from the guy that just punched the clubhouse doors, causing lacerations on his hand and, thus, had to be removed from the game? Or are we talking about another AJ Burnett? Safety first, huh? This is a just a TAD hypocritical, no?

What? You are implying that $80 million dollars for this lugnut was a tad too much?

July 28, 2010  10:01 AM ET
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What? You are implying that $80 million dollars for this lugnut was a tad too much?

I wouldn't have given him 80 pieces of bubble gum. The Yank's seriously miffed on this one. The guy has always been injury prone and a head case since his days with the Marlins. I know that much, how come Yankee brass doesn't? Although I am loving the fact that they are biting the bullet on this one. That's what they get for just dishing out money like hotcakes.

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July 28, 2010  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Dude has one of the sickest curveballs in the game. One of the games elite pitchers. Yet he is pitching like the J.V. girls softball teams 6th pitcher. Now I love the pie, especially hair pie, but AJ really needs to buckle down and man up and start pitching.

One of the games elite pitchers? You watched much baseball in the last decade?

July 28, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I wouldn't have given him 80 pieces of bubble gum. The Yank's seriously miffed on this one. The guy has always been injury prone and a head case since his days with the Marlins. I know that much, how come Yankee brass doesn't? Although I am loving the fact that they are biting the bullet on this one. That's what they get for just dishing out money like hotcakes.

But the Yankees don't care, they overpay for everybody. The money is irrelevant. Bottom line is after missing the playoffs in 2008, they knew they needed pitching badly. So that winter they went out and signed the 2 best pitchers available in the free agent market and overpaid for both of them. The result was a WS Championship, which they probably would not have won without AJ. So in their eyes they didn't miff at all and they would do it all over again........

In fact I'm sure they will do it all over again this winter with Cliff Lee.

July 28, 2010  10:45 AM ET
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But the Yankees don't care, they overpay for everybody. The money is irrelevant. Bottom line is after missing the playoffs in 2008, they knew they needed pitching badly. So that winter they went out and signed the 2 best pitchers available in the free agent market and overpaid for both of them. The result was a WS Championship, which they probably would not have won without AJ. So in their eyes they didn't miff at all and they would do it all over again........In fact I'm sure they will do it all over again this winter with Cliff Lee.

agreed, and a great explanation of why they need a salary cap

July 28, 2010  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I wouldn't have given him 80 pieces of bubble gum. The Yank's seriously miffed on this one. The guy has always been injury prone and a head case since his days with the Marlins. I know that much, how come Yankee brass doesn't? Although I am loving the fact that they are biting the bullet on this one. That's what they get for just dishing out money like hotcakes.

I would agree with you right up until the point when the Yanks won the WS. At some point give credit where credit is due. Was he the only reason they won, no, but take out any of the major parts of that team and you have different results. Could/would they have won with a lesser costing pitcher in his place? maybe, but what actually happens is all that really matters.


You are right, they overpaid, but at this point no Yankees fan cares about that.

July 28, 2010  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

But the Yankees don't care, they overpay for everybody. The money is irrelevant. Bottom line is after missing the playoffs in 2008, they knew they needed pitching badly. So that winter they went out and signed the 2 best pitchers available in the free agent market and overpaid for both of them. The result was a WS Championship, which they probably would not have won without AJ. So in their eyes they didn't miff at all and they would do it all over again........In fact I'm sure they will do it all over again this winter with Cliff Lee.

ok, what you said

July 28, 2010  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

But the Yankees don't care, they overpay for everybody. The money is irrelevant. Bottom line is after missing the playoffs in 2008, they knew they needed pitching badly. So that winter they went out and signed the 2 best pitchers available in the free agent market and overpaid for both of them. The result was a WS Championship, which they probably would not have won without AJ. So in their eyes they didn't miff at all and they would do it all over again........In fact I'm sure they will do it all over again this winter with Cliff Lee.

I would give Cliff Lee 180m

July 28, 2010  11:26 AM ET
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i'll add this....some team is going to pay Pujols a crap load of money and I think its a mistake. he is what, 30 now? and clearly showing signs of age. his numbers are down this year and he always seems to have some nagging injuriy. but some team will pay him $25MM per year for 7-8 yrs and he'll produce for about 3 more before dropping off.

Hey Dummy. I agree with you. Some dope will pay Pujols then regret it 3 years into the deal.

As for the pie throwing, I think the owners should be able to void a contract or at least not have to pay the idiot if hes hurt doing something as childish as this sheut is. The guy for the marlins going on the DL makes these guys look like fragile punks, not finely tuned athletes.

July 28, 2010  11:29 AM ET
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is this about hair pye?

Maybe Y-Pie?

 
July 28, 2010  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I would agree with you right up until the point when the Yanks won the WS. At some point give credit where credit is due. Was he the only reason they won, no, but take out any of the major parts of that team and you have different results. Could/would they have won with a lesser costing pitcher in his place? maybe, but what actually happens is all that really matters.You are right, they overpaid, but at this point no Yankees fan cares about that.

Touche.

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