April Fool’s? Rosin bag explodes on pitcher A.J. Burnett during game

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Opening day happened to fall on April Fool's Day this year, and you had to wonder if baseball would get in on the hi-jinks. The closest thing we've seen so far? A rosin bag exploding on Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett during Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Burnett grabbed the bag while circling the mound, tapped it against himself and then was surprised by a white cloud when it came apart in his hand.

Was it really an April Fool's joke? No one's claiming responsibility. It would be a great one, if it were. Given Burnett's history of pie-ing his teammates, it might be payback.

"If so, it was a pretty good one," Burnett told reporters after the game. "That's my day: One (bad) pitch (for a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo) and the rosin bag."

Maybe it was an April Fool's Day joke. Or maybe those wacky baseball gods were just having a little fun. It certainly produces a few laughs when you watch it again and again.

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Apart from the pitch to Rizzo and the rosin mishap, Burnett was full of whiffs. He had 10 strikeouts Monday against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, however, were leading 3-0 when Burnett was pulled after 5 2/3 innings and the held on for a 3-1 victory.

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