No matter how good I feel I got to take that extra day. It’s been mentioned to me and I know for a fact that I’m needed down the road as opposed to now so however long it takes.
With little else to entertain topically on the Toronto front when baseball is considered here is another post that deals primarily with notoriously fragile Mr. Burnett. The Hot Stove on Toronto’s beleaguered pitcher could not be brighter with at least four teams (New York, Boston, Baltimore and Toronto) showing significant interest and some others (Atlanta, for instance) claiming that they have at least some vested interest in AJ. Ken Rosenthal recently broke down the financial aspects of the potential deal. I am going to look at what team, from a mostly intangible prospective, would be the best fit for AJ.
AJ should avoid the Bronx Bombers at all cost. Burnett, once comfortable, may fall victim to his usual tendencies to take vacations on the DL and to sit out games for menial aches and pains. You think Pavano had it bad? At least he didn’t play long enough to feel the wrath of Yankees’ faithful. With Steinbrenner and fellow players breathing down your neck to do your share and the media in New York eating you up, enjoy the fan reaction when you return from a stint on the DL for a fingernail issue. Don’t get me wrong. I was in New York for the first time in my life this past May. I was instantly sold on why it is considered one of the world’s great cities. The fusion of culture, art, sports and some of the most diverse and wonderful people I’ve ever encountered was intoxicating. Just don’t go there if you’re a high paid player with injury issues. The endless coverage by the YES Network, the invasive prodding by the newpapers and the stress of performing on baseball’s biggest stage in a new ballpark no less will be too much for Burnett, a player who is not known for stepping up to the challenge when he is pressed to do so.
Not as bad as New York, Boston ranks very highly amongst American cities where media coverage and baseball is concerned. Boston may be able to secure Burnett by offering him an extra year on his contract, argues Rosenthal. On the other hand can Burnett secure himself a spot amongst the Red Sox great? Doubtful. Boston loves their team more than it loves their players, just ask Ted Williams. Some players, Varitek and Ortiz come to mind, are much celebrated in Beantown. How’d they get there? Through dedication and the ability to grind through injuries. Forget it Burnett, your psyche can’t handle Boston either.
For what? Burnett would gain nothing by playing for this sagging American League East team outside of a lucrative contract and poor run support. A mixture of Angelos and Burnett seems volitaile.
Here we go, another ‘anybody but Burnett rant’. Not so, true believers. Despite the fact that I think Burnett is overvalued, the best decision for AJ’s camp is to return to Toronto. After testing free agency Burnett should realize, like Ryan Dempster recently did, that there is no place quite like home. Burnett has good relationships with players, coaches and strangely the fans in Toronto who inexplicably want to see Mr. Consistency return. Rosenthal commented that both sides have denied rumours of a 4 year/54 million dollar contract. Could that mean more money? An extra year? An annoying club option such as existed in his previous contract? Who knows! Burnett, you’ve already scratched out your niche with the forgiving Toronto community. Return, brother, and reclaim your seat as the beloved antihero in the world’s most multicultural city. (This is a saying I’ve heard, but not one that I have statistics to support, so please don’t email me arguing the line).