NEW YORK — Time to have some fun with the New York Yankees’ soon-to-be stud pitcher, Michael Pineda. After all, prodding is a New York ritual of love and respect. This time, the roast will have a twist — and you’re going to LOVE IT.
I’m taking a stick to Pineda, NOT because I think it makes good street sense to pick a fight with a 6′ 7″ 260-pound Dominican. I don’t have a death wish, thank you.
NOT SIMPLY because I’m a fan of the Evil Empire. That’s right, I won’t miss having Jesus in my life any longer.
NOT EVEN because it’s been a slow offseason, with very few A-Rod photos to help me laugh the edge off my angst.
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NOPE. This time around, it’s going to be a lighter prodding. This may even be construed as legend-building, or the ultimate bait and switch. I can live with that. The Yankees can’t afford to have me smash the new toy before the party begins — we’re on a budget now. Not to mention, this big boy is far too valuable of an acquisition.
Here’s the deal…
Saying hello to Micheal Pineda likely means saying goodbye to AJ Burnett —
and there’s nothing else in Yankeeland that could guarantee as much happiness.
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I took a few thwacks at the Pineda, because I was curious to see what kind of candy might fall out. More than two dozen chewy nuggets for our enjoyment! Comparisons between the pitchers were like night and day (no pun intended).
The following game will forever be known as “AJ Burnett, however…” This may be the only time when Red Sox and Yankees fans can truly come together as one!
P.S. — It took just about all the restraint I had as a writer NOT to title this piece “AJ Burnett, however…” With all the fodder out there on him, this would have been a smarter marketing move. That said, I’d be putting his name in a headline — where we all know it doesn’t belong.