Lg Double Door Fridge Images - It's one more thing to succumb to that particular label as easily 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 mentality. And the worst part is, he shows no signs of fighting to rid himself.
Instead of seeing this weekend as an opportunity to show he can scratch and claw to maintain his team despite a bad start in a match, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly evident that Burnett does not have want or the focus to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. It seems that he feels if he really 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 athletes rise to challenges. He should understand that it is the job to give his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He really doesn't have to dominate in every outing. Sometimes his job will be to maintain the match close. Sometimes his job will be to maintain his own offense.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to give each and every time he's called on to toss to effort. This really doesn't merely mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. Like Burnett did on Saturday should 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, don't lose control of your emotions.