PHILADELPHIA -- With A.J. Burnett on the hill last night for the Phillies, former Marlins teammate Mike Redmond was asked about his memories of the pitcher, and it wasn't that eight-walk no-hitter in San Diego that topped the discussion.
Instead, it was Burnett's perfectly aimed warmup pitch that blew out a truck window during the 2001 season that got Redmond rolling. If you recall, it was in September of the '01 season when Burnett made all of the highlight reels with his antics. What made it harder to believe was that only four months earlier Burnett couldn't throw a pitch over home plate with any degree of accuracy, but somehow managed to drill one through the window of a moving truck. Redmond was behind the plate when it happened.
"He had been trying to do that for almost the whole year," Redmond recalled. "I think he skipped one off the ground's crew guy once -- off his shoulder -- and hit the bumper a couple of times. I used to dread it because I knew when I saw that car start rolling out of left field, I'd go, 'Oh man, here we go.'"
The truck's sponsor drove the vehicle around the warning track at Sun Life Stadium between innings once a night.
"I was surprised it took him so many times to hit it, but eventually he got it," Redmond said. "If you look at the video, I framed the pitch. But the ball was not even close. Most people thought that it looked close, like it got away from him. But it really wasn't even close."
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