Tonight as the Yankees take on the Marlins in the 2nd game of the series, we have a interesting pitching match up on hand. Josh Johnson goes for the Marlins, and Allan James Burnett goes for the Yankees. You may ask, why is this interesting? Well, if you remember Burnett used to be a member of the Marlins. In September of 2005, the Marlins lost a game to the Braves, and afterwards A.J. had some interesting comments:
“We played scared. We managed scared. We coached scared,” he said. “I’m sick of it, man. It’s depressing around here. A 3–0 ballgame, I give up one run and leave guys on base, it’s like they expect us to mess up. And when we do, they chew us out. There is no positive, nothing around here for anybody.”
He never made an appearance for the Marlins again, he was suspended by them for the rest of the season, and then signed with the Blue Jays the next year. Wait, it gets more interesting. When the Marlins suspended Burnett, the guy they called up to replace him, tonight’s starting pitcher for the Marlins, Josh Johnson. It’s a small world. Hat tip to PeteAbe for reminding me of the whole story.
Anyway, here is the starting lineup via PeteAbe again, he really has a great blog:
SS Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
1B Mark Teixeira
C Jorge Posada
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
CF Melky Cabrera
3B Angel Berroa
RHP Allan James Burnett
By the way the Yankees are not interested in Pedro
According to George King.