Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 11/20/14
For most of A.J. Burnett's tenure with the Yankees, fans of that team usually called him some variation of A.J. "Freakin." Burnett. That team's fan base were so so frustrated so often that many ringing cheers rang out upon the trade of Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates on February 19 of this year. Those fans did not care that the Yankees agreed to pay a lot of Burnett's salary to pitch for another team. All that mattered was that he did not have to aggravate them anymore. Now a spattering of those same fans wonder in social media if the Yankees should have kept him. Such is the season A.J. Burnett is having for the Pirates in 2012. As a writer who writes for a Yankees site in his other life, Burnett was a good source of fodder. In fact, one of the first pieces ever written for that site was an article titled, "How A.J. Burnett drives us crazy." So imagine the amazement from this desk that A.J. Burnett in 2012 is now 14-3 with an ERA of 3.19, a WHIP of 1.153 and most importantly, a ...
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