Double Shed Doors Design - It is one thing to be labeled based on your own results. It is one more thing to succumb to that particular label as easily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behaviour on Saturday was a clear sign that not only does he pitch with all-or-nothing results, however he also tosses with an all-or-nothing attitude. And the worst part is, he shows no signs of fighting to rid himself of this label.
Instead of seeing this weekend as a way to demonstrate he can claw and scrape to help keep his team in a game despite a bad start, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly apparent that Burnett does not have desire or the focus to pitch in grind-it-out situation. It seems that he feels if he does not have a jewel going by the second inning, what's the point? The game is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also understand some other things. When things get tough, he should understand that most great athletes rise to challenges and bear down. He should realize that it is the job to provide his team an opportunity to win each time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He does not have to control in every outing. Occasionally his task will be to keep the game close. Occasionally his task will be to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to provide every single time he is called on to pitch to effort. This does not merely mean physical effort. This means mental exertion. Like Burnett did on Saturday if you give up an early lead, suck it up and give your team an opportunity to come back. Do not let your mechanics get lazy as a result of concentration and lost focus. And definitely, don't lose control of your emotions.