Found October 30, 2012 on This Is Getting Old:
PLAYERS: AJ Burnett
TEAMS: Pittsburgh Pirates
First off, I hope everyone is okay after these storms.  They continue in a lot of places so please just be safe. A.J. Burnett was possibly the All Star of the Pirates team last year.  He epitomized leadership.  How?  By being a great clubhouse guy AND performing on the field.  I am a proponent of [...]
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