Double Glazed Front Doors - It is one thing to be labeled based on your own results. It is yet another matter to succumb to that particular label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behaviour on Saturday was a clear indicator that not only does he pitch with all-or-nothing results, however he also pitches with an all-or-nothing attitude. And the worst part is, he shows no signs of fighting to rid himself.
Rather than seeing this weekend as a way to show he can scrape and claw to help keep his team in a game despite a poor beginning, Burnett let his emotions get the very best of him. This weekend it became increasingly apparent that Burnett does not have desire or the focus to pitch in grind-it-out circumstances. It appears that he feels if he doesn't have a stone going by the second inning, what is the point? The game is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also understand a few other things. He should understand that most good athletes rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should realize that it is the job to give his team a chance to win each time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He doesn't have to command in every excursion. 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 give each and every time he is called on to pitch to effort. This doesn't only mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. In the event that you give up an early lead, like Burnett did on Saturday, suck it up and give your team the opportunity to come back. Do not let your mechanics get lazy as a result of lost focus and attention. And surely, don't lose control of your emotions.