Small Double Doors Bathroom - It's one thing to be labeled based on your results. It's another thing to succumb to that label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behaviour on Saturday was a clear indication that not only does he toss with all-or-nothing results, however he also pitches with an all-or-nothing mentality.
Rather than seeing this weekend as an opportunity to show he can scratch and claw to help keep his team despite a poor beginning in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became clear that Burnett does not have want or the focus to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. It appears that he feels if he doesn't have a stone going by the second inning, what's the point? Why even bother?
At 33, Burnett should also know some other things. He bear down when things get tough and should know that most good athletes rise to challenges. He should understand that it's the job to give his team the opportunity to win each time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He doesn't have to command in every trip. Occasionally his task will be to maintain the match close. Occasionally his task will be to maintain his own offense.
Most of all, it's a starting pitcher's job to give each and every time he's called on to toss to effort. This doesn't only mean physical effort. This means mental effort. This implies pitching to the ebbs and flows of the match. Suck it up, like Burnett did on Saturday in case you give up an early lead and give your team the opportunity to come back. Don't let your mechanics get idle as a result of concentration and lost focus. And surely, do not lose control of your emotions.