Weather Stripping For Double Metal Doors - It is something 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 indication that not only does he toss with all-or-nothing results, however he also pitches with an all-or-nothing attitude.
Instead of seeing this weekend as an opportunity to prove he can claw and scratch to keep his team in a match despite a bad beginning, Burnett let his emotions get the best of him. This weekend it became clear that Burnett does not have the focus or desire to toss in grind-it-out circumstances. It seems that he feels if he doesn't have a jewel going by the second inning, what's the point? Why even bother? The match is a lost cause.
At 33, Burnett should also know some other things. He should know that most great sportsmen rise to challenges and bear down when things get tough. He should realize that it's every starting pitcher's job to give his team a chance to win each time he takes the mound. He doesn't 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 within striking distance.
Above all, it is 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. This means mental effort. Suck it up like Burnett did on Saturday should you give up an early lead and give your team a chance to come back. Do not let your mechanics get idle as a result of lost focus and attention. And definitely, do not lose control of your emotions.