How one Yankee spent his day off

By Jon Lane
Something pretty cool courtesy of Busch Gardens in Tampa:

burnett_420.jpgYankees pitcher A.J. Burnett tosses a few treats to Karnaubi, a 7,300-pound Asian elephant at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Thursday (photo by Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay). After 34 starts as a Toronto Blue Jay and leading the American League with 231 strikeouts in 2008, Burnett used his day off from Spring Training to enjoy time with his family at Busch Gardens.

Asian elephants are highly endangered, and Karnaubi is one of five Asian elephants living in the park’s Nairobi area.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure park, featuring an unparalleled combination of animal encounters, live entertainment and world-class thrill rides. As one of the top zoos in North America, Busch Gardens brings you face-to-face with more exotic and endangered animals than any destination outside of Africa.

4 Comments

This is awesome that AJ can spend his time feeding elephants something better than peanuts. Thanks for showing this footage.
Aaron
http://mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

If he pitches well, he can wrestle alligators with one hand and juggle flaming torches in the other.

Lets hope it doesn’t go like last year and they end up needing the elephant to pitch…..
http://thewrightway.mlblogs.com/

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