Standard Double Wide Garage Door Width - It's one thing to be labeled based on your own results. It's yet another matter to succumb to that particular label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behavior on Saturday was a clear indicator 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 chance to prove he can scratch and claw to keep his team despite a bad start in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly apparent that Burnett does not have the focus or want to pitch in grind-it-out circumstances. This indicates 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 understand some other things. He bear down when things get tough and should understand that most great sportsmen rise to challenges. He should understand that it is every starting pitcher's job to provide his team a chance to win each time he takes the mound. He doesn't have to rule in every outing. Sometimes his job will be to keep the match close. Sometimes his job will be to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to provide attempt each and every time he's called on to pitch. This doesn't only mean physical effort. This means mental exertion. Suck it up, like Burnett did on Saturday should you give up an early lead and give your team a chance to come back. Don't let your mechanics get lazy as a result of concentration and lost focus. And certainly, don't lose control of your emotions.