Double Front Entry Doors Glass - It is one thing to be labeled based on your results. It is one more matter to succumb to that label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His conduct on Saturday was a clear indicator that not only does he toss with all or nothing results, but he also tosses with an all or nothing mentality. And the worst part is, he shows no signs of fighting to rid himself of this label.
Rather than seeing this weekend as the opportunity to demonstrate he can scratch and claw to maintain his team despite a poor start in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became evident that Burnett does not have the focus or desire to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. This indicates that he feels if he does not have a stone going by the second inning, what's the point? The match is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also understand some other things. He should understand that most good sportsmen rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should understand that it is every starting pitcher's job to give his team the opportunity to win every time he takes the mound. He does not have to control in every excursion. Sometimes his job will be to maintain the match close. Sometimes his job will be to maintain his own offense within striking distance.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to give each time he is called on to toss to effort. This does not merely mean physical effort. Mental effort is meant by this. Suck it up, like Burnett did on Saturday in the event that you give up an early lead and give your team a chance to come back. Do not let your machinists get lazy as a result of concentration and lost focus. And definitely, don't lose control of your emotions.