In last night's loss to the Blue Jays, A.J. Burnett was welcomed by his old team to a chorus of boos. Not only was this disrespectful, but also a major sign of un-classiness.
Burnett did nothing wrong in his career with the Blue Jays, but still heard plenty of boos. He even led the league in strikeouts last year. Somebody like Carl Pavano deserves to get booed by his former team - a player who failed the team miserably and had high expectations.
After his career year last season, everybody knew he wasn’t coming back to Toronto. However, since Burnett chose New York, he has to listen to his old team boo him for no good reason. As John Sterling pointed out in yesterday’s broadcast, if Burnett had signed with any other team, he would receive cheers rather than jeers from the Jays.
The fans booing proves just how disconnected they were from the game. There is no way that Burnett and his former teacher Roy Halladay had bad blood with each other after their great connection in Toronto for three years.
The Blue Jays booing is completely unwarranted. After all, they’re in first place! Maybe him leaving was the key to their success. They’ve found plenty of young arms that have led them to their strong beginning, including tonight’s probable pitcher: Scott Richmond.