Modern Double Doors Interior - It's another matter to succumb to that particular label as easily 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 attitude. And the worst part is, he shows no signals of fighting to rid himself of this label.
Instead of seeing this weekend as the opportunity to show he can scratch and claw to maintain his team in a match despite a bad start, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became increasingly evident that Burnett doesn't have desire or the focus to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. It seems that he feels if he doesn't have a stone going by the second inning, what is the point? Why even bother?
At 33, Burnett should also understand a few other things. He should understand that most great sportsmen rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should know that it is the job to give his team a chance to win each time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He doesn't have to control in every trip. Sometimes his job would be to keep the match close. Sometimes his job would be to keep his own offense.
Most of all, itis a starting pitcher's job to give attempt each and every time he is called on to toss. This doesn't only mean physical effort. Mental exertion is meant by this. Should you give up an early lead, like Burnett did on Saturday, suck it up and give your team an 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.