Tuesday, August 3, 2010
By Ian Hunter
Typically known for the long ball, the Blue Jays abandoned their home run hitting ways for the evening and instead decided to torture A.J. Burnett with double after double after double after double after double after double.
It seems to be that good old A.J. hasn't fared very well against his former teammates. For whatever reason, the Blue Jays really have it out for him as Burnett has a career 1-3 record and a 6.98 ERA in five starts against Toronto.
As much as the guys on the roster will likely deny it, there has to be some sense of satisfaction in lighting up your former teammate who left to play for the Evil Empire.
I'm convinced Aaron Hill and Vernon Wells have a dartboard with A.J. Burnett's picture pinned to it in the Blue Jays clubhouse and they take turns shooting the Nerf Gun at it.
If you're the New York Yankees, you have to be worried about the A.J. Burnett that showed up against the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Is this the kind of pitcher you're going to hand the ball to in a pivotal Game Three of the American League Division Series?
Personally, I was just glad to see that Brandon Morrow and the Blue Jays relievers avoided being the 600th notch in Alex Rodrigez' bedpost. With each passing day, it's hilarious to see the flashbulbs go off at Yankee Stadium every time A-Rod takes a swing and comes up short.
Now all the Blue Jays have to do is stave off Alex Rodriguez for two games - but if there's a Brian Tallet appearance at any point throughout the series, A-Rod's pretty much a shoe-in to club 600 against the Jays. Let's hope I'm wrong!