Double Dutch Doors Interior - It is yet another thing to succumb to that label as easily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behavior on Saturday was a clear sign that not only does he toss with all or nothing results, but he also tosses with an all or nothing attitude.
Instead of seeing this weekend as the opportunity to demonstrate he can scratch and claw to maintain his team despite a poor beginning in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly evident that Burnett does not have desire or the focus to toss in grind-it-out situation. It seems that he feels if he doesn't have a gem going by the second inning, what's the point? Why even bother? The match is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also know a few other things. He should know that most great sportsmen rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should understand that it is the job to give his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He doesn't have to control in every outing. Sometimes his job is to keep the match close. Sometimes his job is to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Most importantly, itis a starting pitcher's job to give effort every single time he is called on to toss. This doesn't merely mean physical effort. This means mental exertion. This means pitching to the ebbs and flows of the match. Like Burnett did on Saturday in the event that you give up an early lead, suck it up and give your team an opportunity to come back. Don't let your machinists get slack as a result of attention and lost focus. And surely, don't lose control of your emotions.