Double Door Pile Weather Stripping - It is yet another thing to succumb to that particular label as readily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His conduct on Saturday was a clear indication that not only does he toss with all or nothing results, but he also pitches with an all or nothing attitude.
Rather than seeing this weekend as the opportunity to show he can claw and scratch to maintain his team in a match despite a poor beginning, Burnett let his emotions get the top of him. This weekend it became evident that Burnett doesn't have the focus or want 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? Why even bother?
At 33, Burnett should also know a few other things. He bear down when things get tough and should know that most great athletes rise to challenges. He should realize that it is the job to give his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He does not have to dominate in every trip. Sometimes his job is to keep the match close. Sometimes his job is to keep his own offense within striking distance.
Most of all, it is a starting pitcher's job to give every time he's called on to toss to attempt. This does not merely mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. Like Burnett did on Saturday in the event that you give up an early lead, suck it up and give your team the opportunity to come back. Do not let your mechanics get slack as a result of attention and lost focus. And surely, do not lose control of your emotions.