Narrow Double Glazed Doors - It is one thing to be labeled based on your results. It is another matter to succumb to that particular label as easily as A.J. Burnett did this weekend. His behavior on Saturday was a clear indicator that not only does he pitch with all-or-nothing results, but he also tosses with an all-or-nothing attitude. And the worst part is, he shows no signs of fighting to rid himself.
Rather than seeing this weekend as the opportunity to prove he can claw and scrape to maintain his team despite a bad start in a game, Burnett let his emotions get the top of him. This weekend it became evident that Burnett doesn't have desire or the focus to pitch in grind-it-out circumstances. This indicates that he feels if he doesn't have a gem going by the second inning, what is the point? Why even bother? The game is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also know some other things. When things get tough, he should know that most good sportsmen rise to challenges and bear down. He should understand that it's the job to provide his team the opportunity to win each time he takes the mound of every starting pitcher. He doesn't have to rule in every excursion. Sometimes his task is to maintain the game close. Sometimes his task is to maintain his own offense within striking distance.
Above all, itis a starting pitcher's job to provide effort each and every time he is called on to pitch. This doesn't merely mean physical effort. This means mental effort. Suck it up like Burnett did on Saturday if you give up an early lead and give your team an opportunity to come back. Do not let your machinists get lazy as a result of lost focus and concentration. And definitely, do not lose control of your emotions.