VIDEO: Remembering When A.J. Burnett Broke the Rosin Bag

Tristan Jung
A.J. Burnett somehow had two exploding rosin bags in one season.
A.J. Burnett somehow had two exploding rosin bags in one season. /

In 2013, A.J. Burnett was having one of the best seasons of his career. At 36, he would end the year with a 3.30 ERA, tied for a career best to that point. He would also set the MLB's highest mark with two in-game rosin bag explosions.

During a July 7, 2013 game against the Chicago Cubs, A.J. Burnett was grinding his way through the Cubs' lineup. He'd already given up two runs, one earned, and he was intent on keeping it that way. Then, with two outs in the fourth, he went to pick up his rosin bag before facing Brian Bogusevic. Things did not go well from there.

After likely being pranked with an exploding rosin bag on Opening Day, April Fool's Day (footage included at the end of the clip), Burnett was rightly unhappy with his bench. However, given that this came during a random game, it's possible that Burnett just broke the bag on his own. Still, the game had to be delayed for several minutes while Burnett waited for a new rosin bag to be delivered.

Burnett still struck out Bogusevic anyway, so the incident didn't affect him at all. He ended with five innings and just the one earned run. The Pirates would go on to lose the game, but they made the NLDS via the Wild Card Game (that's the famous CUETO chant game).

Burnett also broke a truck window during warmups once, so maybe he should've been a little more careful with equipment during his career.

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