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Steel City Resurrection


Johnette Howard has a piece on A.J. Burnett over at ESPN:

When a New York Daily News reporter passed through Pittsburgh in late May and checked in with him, Burnett volunteered a telltale story. He spoke about how in the first inning of his home debut as a Pirate, he coughed up a walk, a single and another walk to the very first three batters he faced. Oh no.

“I could imagine what that place [Yankee Stadium] would sound like,” Burnett said. “But there was about two words that came out of the crowd here. So it’s just different.

“You’re a little less on edge. Some guys thrive in that.”

I’m pleased for Burnett. He seemed like a guy that wasn’t cut out for pitching in New York. If that was the case, it’s nice to see him flourish in Pittsburgh.

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1 Hank Waddles   ~  Jun 18, 2012 12:38 pm

Agreed. I'm not surprized at all that he's doing well in Pittsburgh, and I'm glad to see it.

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jun 18, 2012 12:39 pm

I am catching the Tigers in Pittsburgh next Saturday w/ our new resident Pirates fan. One day off of AJ's turn in the rotation I think. I hope there is a rainout and he slides to us.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 18, 2012 12:44 pm

That's a fun park. My only complaint is that they didn't have Stargell t-shirts. I bought a Clemente shirt, which is plenty cool, but I was jonsin' for a Wilbur joint.

4 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jun 18, 2012 12:56 pm

I will be on the lookout for a Stragell for you Al. We're a McCuthcen household, so that'll be an easy get.

Speaking of McCutchen, he's an all-star right? No way he doesn't make the squad? I already started telling Jude about the All Star Game and promised he could stay up until McCutchen batted, but now I'm worried they NL will screw it up.

5 Dimelo   ~  Jun 18, 2012 3:48 pm

Man I'm loving PNC park. I walk-up and get tix for cheap, fun place to watch a game. I feel like the Pirates are becoming my second favorite team, I love me some McCutchen.

6 Hank Waddles   ~  Jun 18, 2012 6:06 pm

[4] Jon, this is exactly why I believe that no matter how unwieldy it might get, there has to be at least one all-star from every team. In fact, if it makes things easier I'd rather they put a cap on each team -- maybe four. I remember those dark days when Mattingly was the only Yankee, and how important his at bats were to me. Your boy deserves to see McCutcheon in the All Star Game.

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