Caption Contest: A.J. Burnett and an elephant



One of the publicists for Busch Gardens in Florida sent us this photo of A.J. Burnett feeding Karnaubi, a 7300-pound Asian elephant. The park has five of these endangered animals in its Nairobi area, and Burnett, looking rather thrilled, helped feed one of them with his family on Thursday.

Now, that’s all well and good, but that is also a stunningly boring caption. So RAB faithful, let’s have a caption contest. The winner will receive a copy of The Greatest Game and the undying affection of everyone on RAB. We’ll do it run-off style with a general big vote and then one or two rounds of voting with the top entries.

To be eligible for the voting and the prize, make sure to put a valid e-mail address in the e-mail field down below. We’ll leave the caption contest open through Monday night. Click the image for a larger version, and have fun.

Categories : Whimsy


  1. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    I’ve heard you need to use your lower trunk as a power pitcher, but this is ridiculous.

  2. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    “Touch me in the morning . . . . “

  3. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    “7300 pounds? I have a pitcher I’d like you to meet. . “

  4. schuyler says:

    Awwwww AJ and CC are getting along so well!

  5. Hideki Irabu is back in Yankees camp and spends time with new Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett.

  6. Landon Alger says:

    “Don’t worry, Mr. Elephant, I won’t let them sell you to that ivory dealer. You and I are going to run away together. We’ll keep to the back roads and make our way south. Then if I know my geography, it’s just twelve miles to Africa. Ok, bud, very quietly: let’s just sneak through…”

  7. Chris Ciuci says:

    A.J. fans elephant

  8. Rich says:

    Elephant: “A.J. has almost as many tattoos as the tattooed lady that I knew in the circus.”

  9. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    Hanging out with elephants. . . .

    Can’t imagine why AJ is injury prone.

  10. Zach Sanders says:

    AJ doesn’t feel like putting his extra green into a piggy bank

  11. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    “Stop calling me Babar.”

  12. Artist formerly known as 'The' Steve says:

    “…so then she says to me ‘if you want that, you’ll have to buy me dinner first’. So . . “

  13. Brandon says:

    “Look Curt, it isn’t exactly an olive branch, but I still think you’d like it.”

  14. whozat says:

    Tiring of ‘the shift,’ A.J. Burnett tries out his new plan for coping with David Ortiz.

  15. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    “Palm frawns? Really? I want some peanuts, bitch!”

  16. Christian says:

    A.J. had often heard, but didn’t truly realize until now, that the Bleacher Creatures were a breed apart and required their own special care and attention.

  17. Chris says:

    “New York Yankees teammates C.C. Sabathia (left) and A.J. Brunett (right) enjoy an off day in Tampa”

  18. Tar says:

    AJ trying not to show disgust, feeds SI reporter Selena Roberts.

  19. Dennis C. says:

    Only later was A.J. Burnett told that his tug-of-war game was actually with a CC Sabathia stand-in…

  20. Patrick says:

    AJ’s Third Base Recruiting Efforts

  21. robert skollar says:

    “Trust me Jumbo…I got this branch from my cousin in the Dominican”

  22. robert skollar says:

    AJ prepares for “Welcome to the Jungle”

  23. Craig says:

    Due to the NY Yankees recent struggles, pitcher AJ Burnett has decided to reward the fans who can actually still remember the good times.

  24. EdB says:

    Top Yankee offseason Free Agent acquistions share a salad

  25. Short Porch says:

    A.J. Burnett practicing his palm ball grip.

  26. Maurice says:

    “Hey AJ, welcome to the Bronx Zoo”

  27. Rich says:

    Elephant: “Hey A.J., palm leaves are performance enhancing.”

  28. Bill Style says:

    “We’ll share the ugly stick”

  29. Maurice says:

    “What’s that AJ? You’re gonna sell my ivory tusks? You SOB! Didn’t you just get like a bajillion-dollar contract?”


  30. Brian O says:

    “Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett plays tug-of-war with an elephant. Burnett would re-injure his arm in the losing effort.”

  31. Howie waskowitz says:

    Hey Carl, get out of there! You only have a one year deal with the Indians….

  32. Tar says:

    In an effort to change it’s image “Rush” the Republican Party Mascot tries to woo Yankee pitcher AJ Burnett.

  33. Aaron says:

    After signing his new contract with the Yankees, A.J. Burnett spends some quality time having lunch with the elder Steinbrenner – a ritual every new Yankee must go through.

  34. Yankee Rebel says:

    “Teammate A.J. Burnett in A Rod’s living room…”

  35. Evan says:

    “You should throw your change-up more.”

    “Yeah, yeah Jose. Here’s some salad.”

  36. AMS223 says:


  37. Alex K. says:

    “If only appeasing the Bronx Zoo was this easy.”

  38. AMS223 says:

    I heard this would be a Zoo, but this is ridiculous

  39. AndrewYF says:

    “This is what my shoulder will look like after my first start.”

  40. steve (different one) says:

    AJ Burnett sits down for an exclusive with Mike Francesa

  41. A.J. Burnett is finally fortunate enough to experience the overwhelming plate presence of Steve Balboni.

  42. AMS223 says:

    mine is bigger

  43. Jeff Batt says:

    evidence from Selena Roberts investigation, Yankee pitcher receives illegal substance from unnamed source.

  44. todd kehrli says:

    Hey even the elaphants have the Busch leauges..maybe they can help

  45. Senor A. Boy says:

    First Jeter and Pedroia. Now Burnett and Schilling.

  46. Joey H says:

    ” Wouldn’t that be some shit.. 60-Day DL citing an elephant attack”

  47. Brent Weisfeld says:

    AJ BURNETT rescues Baby Elephant at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL.
    The baby elephant was struggling for his life after getting stuck in between two trees. AJ managed to pull the baby elephant to safety with the help of a palm fron. No peds, alcohol, strippers, or cousin’s were believed to be involved in this incident.

  48. Monument Park says:

    CC & AJ share a salad

  49. Eli Freund says:

    A.J: ” Hey do you think after you eat that branch you can naw on my arm a little, so I don’t have to pitch?”
    Elephant: ” Yeah sure, what was your name again? Carl Pavano?”

  50. Eli Freund says:

    AJ Thinking: ” I never had to feed any elephants when I was in Toronto…….Unless Frank Thomas counts”

  51. Thomas says:

    Pictured: Radio contest winner AJ Burnett who chose the elephant over a $10,000 prize.

  52. Kevin Greene says:

    “Evil Empire Strikes Again” A.J Burnett (above) caught spending quality time with AL East rival David Ortiz following the Dominican Republics elimination from the WBC

  53. Jack says:

    “Christ, what an ass.”

  54. After AJ’s request to not ask any A-Rod questions reporters instantly felt that there was an elephant in the room.

  55. AJ – “Were you really drunk when you pitched that perfect game?”

  56. After the ’07 season AJ Burnett took “Slump busting” to a whole new level.

  57. Larry says:

    Now that AJ signed his new contract he no longer will have to work as an assistant zoo keeper in the offseason

  58. Big L says:

    “This isn’t so bad here in the Bronx Zoo” though AJ Burnett, “in Toronto I had to clean up after he ate!”

  59. Ross says:

    AJ Burnett was told New York will be easier once he gets the monkey off his back, so he thought he’d take it one step further.

  60. Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

    Joba impersonator strikes again at outdoor restaurant.

    AJ: “The guy is good. The real Joba is more a peanuts-and-Mai-Tai guy, though. And by the end, and by that I mean the 8th inning of our meal, a bunch of midges swarmed our table and he didn’t flinch. I should have noticed that Afribraska is not a state when he got carded.”

    • Conan the Barack O'Brian says:

      AJ: “….Yeah, I paid. But you should have seen them sorry eyes when he told me the terms of his 0-3 year service contract. Damn near bought that drunk elephant a car.”

  61. Gary says:

    I have a real problem with any New York Yankee donning the famed pinstripes disfigured with all those deformities (i.e., “tattoos”) all about A.J. Bunett’s arms. Sorry, but that’s the way I feel.

  62. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Dope moment:
    Camo Shorts do not hide you from the elephant, especially when you have food and a big old white shirt on!

  63. Un-Named Yankee Source says:

    Hey, Igawa, thanks for using your camera to capture this shot! But I would have rather had Matsui’s but it broke down.

  64. Chazzy says:

    “…I have wandered your dreams AJ– The Elephant is your spirit animal, seek it out and it will replenish your mangled tendons…” (Johnny Damon’s omnipresence voice whispering to Burnett)

  65. dkidd says:

    bud selig on the inaugural “world baseball players tug-of-warring with animals of the serengeti classic”:

    it will help us reach previously untapped markets in sub-saharan africa.

    on the fact that several players who participated in the WBPTOWWAOTSC suffered career threatening injuries:

    “labrum.” “rotator cuff.” “paralyzed.” these are just words. let’s not forget the real reason we’re doing this: to make money.

  66. Smitt Dog says:

    “Desperate for some attention after losing it due to the A-Rod scandal, Tom Verducci and Joe Torre team up in an undercover effort to get closer to “The Post Yankee Years”. Potential publishers have been lukewarm to the pitch thus far.”

  67. Smitt Dog says:

    “Immediately regretting the years and value of the AJ Burnett signing, George Steinbrenner hired known gambler and amateur private investigator Howard Spira to dig up some dirt on his new free agent. As of press time, Mr. Spira’s attempts to connect Mr. Burnett to animal cruelty charges haven’t seemed to stick.”

  68. Shamus says:

    “In breaking news out of Yankees camp today, AJ Burnett was photographed furnishing grass to a high ranking member of the Republican party. Though the picture is fuzzy, reports surfaced the ‘elephant’ receiving the illegal tree was none other than Rush Limbaugh. I’m Anderson Cooper, and this is 360…”

  69. Stephen says:

    Wait…I thought my contract was the 7300lb gorilla in the room?

  70. Shamus says:

    “Once Roy Halladay heard I was signing with the Yankees, he gave me tips on how to pitch well and stay healthy for the rest of my career. After suggestion one (spend as much time as possible with Ian Kennedy and Kei Igawa), this was the second tip: Tease an angry, wild beast with food. I thought he was talking about David Wells!” AJ Burnett…..

  71. Matt M. says:

    “take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, BUY ME SOME PEANUTS !1!!!1!!1!!”

  72. Aaron says:

    ESPN anchor and Boston homer Chris Berman sits down with newest Yankee A.J. Burnett to discuss the upcoming season, the new contract, and their mutual interest in exotic foods.

  73. Peter says:

    AJ Collects endangered species. That’s pretty bad ass. Why??? Because he can.

  74. Eli Freund says:

    AJ: “Wow Don Zimmer you have REALLY let yourself go!”

  75. robert skollar says:

    Looks like Sal Fasano dyed the stash green

  76. Mike says:

    In a state of panic, the Steinbrenner family sent pitcher AJ Burnett to Busch Gardens in an effort to sign one of most rare mammals on the planet, the Asian elephant, in order to replace an equally rare and precious mammal … A-Rod.

  77. Smitt Dog says:

    “Pachyderm watch 09. The mood is tense. I have been on some serious, serious reports, but nothing like this. Ching…King is inside now.”
    “I tried to get an interview, but they said, “You can’t. He’s a live elephant. He will literally rip your face off.””

    Hey! You’re making me look stupid! Get out here! Elephant jerk!

    Great story, AJ.
    Compelling and rich.

  78. NC Saint says:

    After a strong showing against an elephant, SP A.J. Burnett is slated to face a bear, a bull, and a pack of rabid wolverines over the coming weeks as he prepares for regular season action against the New York media.

  79. NC Saint says:

    Due to his inability to guage his own strength, AJ Burnettt’s contact with animals is limited to this 7300-pound elephant, despite his repeated demands that George [Steinbrenner] “tell [him]again about the rabbits.”

  80. Maurice says:

    In an interleague matchup against the Brewers, AJ Burnett fans Prince Fielder.

  81. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    As AJ Burnett posed for a photo opportunity, he thought of all the fat Yankee related notable persons that “clever” commenters would insinuate was the elephant.

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