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Simple accident, or April Fools’ Day prank?
A.J. Burnett was mowing down Cubs batters left and right — striking out nine batters through four innings and surrendering just one home run in the process.
But when Burnett took the mound before the start of the fifth inning, his luck suddenly changed. When reached for the rosin bag — usually used to dry a pitcher’s hand — the bag exploded into a cloud of white smoke all over the Pirates pitcher.
Who knows if the Cubs or Burnett’s teammates were responsible for this misfortune, but if there was a bit of foul play, we don’t expect the culprits to come clean anytime soon.
Check out Burnett’s bad break below.
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Pittsburgh Pirates ace A.J. Burnett had a pretty rough first game of the season on Monday. His pitching performance was actually quite solid, as Burnett threw 5.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. He also managed to strike out 10 Chicago Cubs, but the Pirates were unable to give him any run support and went on to lose 3-1. Oh, and then there was the whole exploding...
AJ Burnett looked ready to start Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His rosin bag? No so much.
A.J. Burnett during Spring Training
It can be hard to find many “firsts” for a player that is entering his 15th season in the big leagues, but when A.J. Burnett takes the mound on Monday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs he’ll be having one of those moments — his first career Opening Day start.
Burnett, now in his second season in Pittsburgh, has spent time with the Marlins...
A.J. Burnett of the Pittsburgh Pirates fell victim to a April Fools Day joke after a rosing bag explode on him during Opening Day on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. Get ready for plenty of more weird plays like this, as we have 161 games in the regular season to go.
It is safe to say that A.J. Burnett isn’t having a perfect day so far, and an exploding rosin bag is just the icing on the cake of giving up three runs to the Cubs in just 5.2 innings.
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Ever see a rosin bag explode on a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher? Now you have. That’s A.J. Burnett trying to get some…
It's not often that you see a rosin bag explode during a Major League Baseball game but during today's Pirates/Cubs game, Pittsburgh starting pitcher A.J. Burnett had one explode on him.
Not yet confirmed if this was an April Fool's Day prank or not:
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This should be a game day tradition.
Chicago Cubs (0-0, T-1st in NL Central) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0, T-1st in NL Central)
CHC – Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
PIT – A.J. Burnett (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
“Now we play games that mean something. It’s time to go.” – A.J. Burnett
A.J. Burnett for the first time in his career will take the mound on Opening Day. He went 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA in three...
A.J. Burnett’s 2013 season didn’t get off to the greatest of starts yesterday, as the Bucs hurler took the loss after Pittsburgh fell to the Cubs (the Cubs?!?!?) 3-1. It wasn’t all Burnett’s fault—he gave up 3 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out 10—as his team only managed three hits and one measly run off Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija, who was brilliant...
Final: Cubs 3, Pirates 1 (box)
WP: Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: A.J. Burnett (0-1, 4.76 ERA)
SV: Kyuji Fujikawa (1, 0.00 ERA)
A.J. Burnett struck out ten batters in his first career Opening Day start, but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs scored two runs in the first inning on an Anthony Rizzo home run and led the rest of the way.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija gave up just two...
Now say that with your best Eddie Murphy from Beverly Hills Cop voice and the title is actually pretty funny. Anyway...
After the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros opened the season on Sunday the bulk of the league had Opening Day on Monday--April Fool's Day. So when a bunch of overgrown boys took to the field yesterday there was bound to be a gag or too pulled.
Jeff Samardzija can only hope his performance Monday matches his last opening game in Pittsburgh.
Samardzija will start for the Chicago Cubs and A.J. Burnett for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday as two teams with long streaks of futility meet on opening day. The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908 and the Pirates haven't had a winning season since 1992.
The easiest and probably most accurate way to describe the Pirates' 3-1 loss to the Cubs on Opening Day at PNC Park is probably this: it was cold out and when it's cold out, hard-throwing pitchers seem to do well, and as a result AJ Burnett and Jeff Samardzija combined for 19 strikeouts between them in just 13 2/3 innings combined work.
Burnett was particularly awesome...