Enigmatic A.J. was worth every penny

Yankees banish Burnett to Pittsburgh -- but on one October night, he earned his keep

Updated: February 19, 2012, 11:02 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

As a Yankee, A.J. Burnett was often entertaining but seldom very good, and extremely expensive but rarely very valuable.

But on one night -- Oct. 29, 2009 -- Allan James Burnett was worth every penny the Yankees paid him.

Because simply put, if Burnett doesn't come back to win Game 2 of the 2009 World Series, the odds are Joe Girardi is still wearing No. 27 on his back. That is, if he's still the manager.

On that night, Burnett outdueled Pedro Martinez and took the World Series ...

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