LADY AT THE BAT: Burnett's Biggest Pitch

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Burnett's Biggest Pitch

AJ Burnett was on last night. He took a no-hitter into the seventh and made big pitches later in that inning to keep the Yankees in the game. But his biggest pitch might have been made earlier, in the fourth inning.

Burnett threw a pitch up and in to Evan Longoria, causing Longoria to hit the deck. This came after Matt Garza threw one up and in to Nick Swisher in the top of the frame. Swisher let it roll off his back and proceeded to homer to right later in the at-bat. Was Burnett's pitch to Longoria retaliation? I like to think so.

Since he made his pitching debut the night before, Swisher's been the subject of much discussion among fans, players and the media. Was he having too much fun on the mound? Members of the media appear to be split on the issue. Fans, myself included, are solidly behind Swisher. Most players haven't said much about it, but Jorge Posada has expressed his disapproval of Swisher's behavior. No one was laughing, he said. Darryl Strawberry, in an appearance on The Michael Kay Show, called it bush league.

In any case, appearances can sometimes make all the difference in the world. The Yankees have a history of not retaliating, and when guys like Jorge Posada and Darryl Strawberry make old-school, old-fogey proclamations, it's nice to see that there is a possibility that not everyone in their precious MLB fraternity agrees with them.

Bernadette

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