I don't like Burnitz. He looks like a gladiator/nazi.
It's really not even so much Burnitz that I don't like...it's what he represents in the context of Pirates. Short term, under performing, hired guns. I'm sick of them.
Some people, however, apparently love Burnitz. Here's some thoughts from a gal named Jen:
"I used to be asked what I liked so much about Jeromy Burnitz. Usually, I would give his muttonchops as the main reason. It was the shortest answer I could give to the many, many reasons that make this guy so likeable. And also, it would usually just annoy the person asking me enough so they would go away or change the topic.
One, this guy has got heart. Not the kind of heart Derek Jeter evokes with his press-friendly soundbytes or incessant fist pumping when he or one of his "teammates" does something worth cheering. Burnitz will be the first one out of the dugout when a pitcher throws at one of his guys. When Mike Piazza was beaned by Guillermo Mota during spring training in 2003, he charged the mound. Most of the guys hung back and let the scene unfold but Jeromy was out there, letting Mota know (and the rest of MLB for that matter) that they couldn't simply throw at the Mets star. Not on his watch. This was after countless times of pitchers going after Piazza, purely for his dominance over them. That kind of display is not often seen around MLB and while violence can never be endorsed, there is something positive about protecting your teammates.
Two, he's not afraid to speak his mind. It's never done in a damaging way - just in an honest, open way. He was basically run out of NY by Dallas Green during his first tour with the Mets in the early 90s. Why? Dallas didn't like his mouth. By all accounts, Jeromy was never disrespectful or boastful. He just expressed his concerns a few times about the direction the team was going (that's easy - it had no direction under Green). It was Green that let it leak to the media that he was complaining about things behind the scenes and just like that, he was gone. It was ridiculous of upper management to let him go so easily. I think that he could've really developed in NY and perhaps help win a few games for the Mets in the 90s.
Three, he has a great perspective on things. Last night marked Jeromy's first appearance at Shea in 2006. No longer in a Dodger, Rockies or Cubs uniform - this time as a Pirate. He appeared on some dumb show SportsNet NY airs prior to Mets pregame and was asked about the NY "boo-birds" - Jeromy definitely heard his fair share from them in 2002. He kinda laughed and said that he deserved it. He praised NY fans for their enthusiasm and admitted he deserved to hear them. He wasn't very stellar that year and the homecrowd let him have it on a nightly basis. That, however, never made him bitter or resentful, as many players can become as a result (ah-hem, Robbie Alomar). Jeromy is so genuine that there was no doubt in my mind he meant every word he said. I know that players have a way of saying the right thing at the right time to suit their audience but this was so not the case.
Fourth, he's a leader. You need a guy like him in a clubhouse. He's outspoken in a good way (not like Curt Schilling) and has been around for a while. He's also been on seven teams during his career (he may surpass Todd Zeile's someday). You can't fake the kind of experience he brings to a team.
Burnitz is totally awesome, as evidenced above. Of course, it wouldn't hurt if he grew the muttonchops back."