Wooden Double Door Lock - It's something to be labeled based on your results. It's one more matter to succumb to that label as easily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His conduct on Saturday was a clear indicator that not only does he toss with all or nothing results, however he also tosses with an all or nothing mentality.
Rather than seeing this weekend as the opportunity to show he can scrape and claw to maintain his team despite a poor beginning in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the very best of him. This weekend it became apparent that Burnett does not have desire or the focus to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. This indicates that he feels if he does not 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. 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 the opportunity to win every time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He does not 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.
Above all, it is a starting pitcher's job to provide each and every time he is called on to toss to attempt. This does not just mean physical effort. Mental effort is meant by this. Like Burnett did on Saturday if you give up an early lead, suck it up and give your team a chance to come back. Don't let your machinists get idle as a result of lost focus and concentration. And surely, do not lose control of your emotions.