The Wonderful World of Pessimism…
Brian Costello of The New York Post has it exactly
right: “Welcome to the 2011 A.J. Burnett Show — where every
mistake he makes will feel like a precursor of doom, like discovering a zit and
worrying about it becoming a tumor.“
I heard that the Yankees had lost, 6-5, to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, my
thoughts went immediately to A.J. Burnett who gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in 4
innings of work. There was a sinking
feeling with the thought ‘here we go again’…
Burnett and the
Yankees took positives from the performance and I can only hope that they are
right. As unfair as it is, Yankee fans
will be less tolerant of any mistakes by Burnett than they will for any other
starting pitcher in the rotation which will most likely include either Bartolo
Colon or Freddy Garcia at the back end.
He’ll need to give the fans a reason to get back in his corner.
The story of the
Yankees’ signing of Dominican Republic prospect Juan Paniagua is
interesting. At first, I didn’t know
anything about Paniagua, but I’ve since found out that he had originally signed
with the Arizona Diamondbacks under a false name (Juan Collado). The contract was subsequently voided by MLB
and Paniagua was suspended for a year.
The move allowed Paniagua to parlay a $17K signing bonus with the
D-Backs into a $1.1 million signing bonus with the Yankees. It does seem odd that a player with
questionable ethics would be allowed to profit from situation regardless of
what type of talent he may have. It
remains to be seen if MLB will approve the Yankees deal or if Paniagua will
even be able to get into the country, but I am skeptical about the character of
the pitcher. I do not know the reason he
lied about his name and there is probably much more to the story, but it will
be interesting to see how this plays out.
I am glad to see
that the Yankees have invited Joe Torre back for Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium
this year. It will be good to see Joe
don his #6 pinstriped jersey once again.
I admired his comment that he didn’t want to play in the Old Timer’s
game since he never played for the Yankees. It shows the respect that he has
for the Yankees and their great players. But he certainly deserves to stand on the same
field with other Yankee legends and hear his name announced to the Yankee
I was sorry to
see that former Oakland A’s outfielder Mitchell Page has passed away at age 59. I hadn’t followed his career when his playing
days ended, but apparently he was plagued by alcoholism in his failed attempt
at coaching in recent years. I haven’t
heard the cause of death, but it is so sad to see the players we cheer for
struggle so mightily later in life.