“I have always been a very passionate player and person. I often wear my emotions on my sleeve, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. I hope that my teammates always respect that of me, as I trust they know my commitment to winning.” 

“I’m playing the game because I love it. But I’m also playing it for my family. You play for the glory, but you play for your family, too.” 

“I’m not impressed with my no-hitter because of the walks. I think it’s cool I threw a no-hitter, but I want to throw one that’s a gem.” 

"I guess the thing that really means the most to me is earning the respect of my teammates. Derrek Lee has told me when I’m pitching and we go out in the ninth inning, he gets goose bumps.” 

“A lot of teams know what a healthy A.J. Burnett can do. Every year when I get hot something happens.” 

“I’m definitely not a follower. This is our job. This is what we do. If you’re not having fun here, you shouldn’t be here.” 

“I’m a power pitcher. I don’t think Nolan Ryan tried to get groundballs. There’s a time when you need a one-pitch out. I’m fully aware of those situations. But nobody on, nobody out? I’m trying to get you with three pitches.” 

“Of course, money had something to do with it. How often do you get the chance to put on pinstripes? I mean, whether you want to admit that you love them or hate them, everybody wants to be a Yankee.” 


A.J. Burnett, 2005 Fleer


A.J. Burnett, 2003 Fleer Focus

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