About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

6 thoughts on “Rooting hard for Burnett

  1. Great post Brien. A.J has always been so honest with the media/fans, he seems like a hard worker, and he always gives me the feeling that he really gives a s%*# whether right or wrong. There's nothing more that I want out of a Yankee than that, and if anything maybe he cares TOO much at times. I hope the season continues to get better for both him and my team.

  2. Split into two due to length again… //sigh

    One of the major benefits of working from home is the ability to catch day-games on TV. This, obviously, includes Spring Training games. Basically from the first time I started watching, once the "more mainstream" games started around mid-March, is a) how freakin' locked-in ARod looked and b) how much better AJ looked. With AJ, it was interesting — and you may be right about Larry Rothschild having some sort of plan here — because the first game I can recall, the YES announcers (who were talking about how this year he needed to improve) were saying that the year hinged on AJ's curveball… and he wasn't throwing any. I don't think he threw a single one in the 2? 3? innings he pitched. Almost as if he were working solely on placement/command first in one outing. In his SECOND outing though (at least as far as I'm recalling — Spring days blur together a bit), it was the same thing for the first inning… and then he uncorked a *filthy* curveball sequence.

    • So it may be that Rothschild had developed a set-em-up/knock-em-down approach for AJ to work on this Spring to keep it simple and is now integrated. Last night's performance was SPECTACULAR until the 7th inning and I'll give Girardi some crap for that, really. Pitch count wasn't high, so I understand saving the bullpen a touch through the weekend, but if there's *any* chance to the "head case" rumors why not end on a 6 IP, near-perfect performance in which the media storyline would be "AJ HOORAY!" in the NY Daily News or "AJ Burnet Resurgent for first-place Yankees" on ESPN?

  3. nah – if AJ's cruising, he would have totally bummed at being pulled. As it is, he still got a win, and the game got close enough to get Soriano's attention. (giving the Yankees the win, which IS the ultimate goal here.)

    I'm with you Brien – I hope AJ gets 17 wins again. — Actually, would be nice if he got 20 – like you said, he sure works hard enough, and had to take enough crap last year. Not to mention that 20 wins might go a ways towards carrying Hughes.

  4. Glad to see there are alot of other A.J. boosters out there. He's always seemed like a stand-up guy.

  5. Yes, I love seeing AJ having success. I'm a tempering my excitement however, he has always had April success.