Asked to describe his season before tonight's Yankees-Red Sox game, A.J. Burnett thought a moment. "Rubbish,'' he said. "That's how I would describe it. I'm here for a reason and I ain't done crap to help this team this year. Yeah, Rubbish, man. That's my own opinion and that's how I feel but I don't sit and dwell on it. I know the season's not over but in my mind, I'm moving forward. every start I try to move forward.''Then this from this morning from Chad Jennings:
Asked if he thought his status in the rotation hinged on his performance Saturday, Burnett said, "I don't want to say anything like that and honestly, no I don't. I think not, but then again I've given them a lot of reasons to think so. I'm not gonna look at it that way because I think that's gonna put added pressure on myself. My goal tomorrow is to come out and feel more like A.J. than I have in a year-and-a-half, give the guys behind me the feeling like, 'You know what, we got a chance to win.''
It was suggested to Burnett that a good post-season performance like the one he had last year, when [pitched brilliantly to win Game 2 of the World Series, might erase all the bad feeling about his regular season, a suggestion the always self-critical Burnett quickly dismissed. "No chance,'' he said. "We ain't erasing nothing. I know that. But I know I can still help this team, so I haven't lost that. But there's no erasing it, no. All I can do is make it disappear for a few weeks. Maybe.''
“I broke every record in the wrong direction for the Yankees this year. It ain’t like we got a Cy Young on the mound. Then again, I can go out there and throw a no-hitter at any time. I have that in the back of my head too. Confidence is not lost, but I know there are questions. I’m not oblivious to that.”He's just completely lost right now and you can tell by these comments that he knows it, too. I'm not sure what to expect from him later today, and I'm sure none of you are either.