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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Brett Lawrie: Not everyone has to like me

Taste cannot be controlled by Lawrie.

Here’s the thing about Brett Lawrie, the Toronto Blue Jays speeding ticket at third base.

He’s playing baseball — hell, living life — at full throttle. If you don’t get out of his lane he’ll pass you on the right hand side.

Risky? Sure but he’s not looking for your approval; he’s in a hurry. He might get pulled over here and there, but he certainly doesn’t care — or care to give the impression that he cares — about what you or I think.

“People perceive people how they want to perceive people,” Lawrie said to me in a quiet moment before Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves. “I don’t necessarily think that everyone in the world has to like me, because that’s not how the world goes. So, if you like me then you do, and if you don’t you don’t.”

...But is the Blue Jays’ sprinting, diving, free-swinging Red Bull advertisement ready to apologize for being Brett Lawrie?

Is he going to apologize if you don’t like a guy who plays his ass off but is hitting .200? Who defends his right to chirp back at fans on Twitter as his right to free speech? Who can’t quite understand why umpires might take offence to his unwillingness to accept the indignity of a called third strike?

Not a chance.

“It doesn’t really bother me who likes me and who doesn’t,” he said. “I’m here for all these 25 guys in here. I play for those guys. Anyone else can think what they want to think.”

“[And] if people want to have their say, I can have my say just as well.”

Repoz Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:02 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dale Sams Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:20 PM (#4453717)
   2. RJ in TO Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:28 PM (#4453734)
Who can’t quite understand why umpires might take offence to his unwillingness to accept the indignity of a called third strike?

Amongst members of the Blue Jays, Lawrie is not the only one who has this problem. I'd really like it if the team did something about this, as the near constant ########, glaring, and other nonsense can't possibly be helping the team on borderline calls.
   3. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:29 PM (#4453738)
I’m here for all these 25 guys in here. I play for those guys.


....

Brett Lawrie attempted to make amends for his controversial actions during Sunday afternoon's game against the Orioles by addressing his teammates in a closed-door meeting on Monday.

Lawrie created a stir after he became visibly upset when Adam Lind didn't score from third base on a routine fly ball to right field during the ninth inning with the Blue Jays trailing, 5-3.

The 23-year-old Lawrie appeared to scream in the direction of Lind and third-base coach Luis Rivera on his way back to the dugout. He was then confronted by manager John Gibbons before right fielder Jose Bautista quickly stepped in between the two.
   4. Rusty Priske Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:36 PM (#4453751)
People continue to miss the point about what was REALLY wrong with Lawrie's outburst.

It wasn't that he was publicly angry at his teammate(s). It was that he showed astonishingly bad baseball smarts.

There was absolutely zero reason for Lind to run in that situation and the fact that Lawrie didn't realize that is disturbing. That sets his 'baseball i.q.' very, very low. Somethign shoudl be done about THAT.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4453756)
There was absolutely zero reason for Lind to run in that situation and the fact that Lawrie didn't realize that is disturbing. That sets his 'baseball i.q.' very, very low.


Yeah, even if it should have been an easy-score situation, there's absolutely no reason to try in that situation.
   6. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4453767)

Maybe he'll learn from the fact that the Jays came back and won anyways.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:51 PM (#4453771)
That sets his 'baseball i.q.' very, very low. Something should be done about THAT.


So many Red Sox discussions about that and Carl Crawford...but for some reason, I never heard anything about it outside of our little circle here.
   8. Greg K Posted: May 28, 2013 at 01:51 PM (#4453772)
Also, it's Adam freakin' Lind. He needs the warning track, at least, to score on a sac fly.

I like Lawrie, exciting young player, Canadian...but the longer he goes without hitting the more his...less likable characteristics, become harder to ignore.

Echo Mr. Jones in #2 as well. I see Bautista as the main culprit in the "Strikeout ########\" fiasco of 2012-2013. Unlike Lawrie Bautista is in no danger of becoming unlikeable. But I do wish he would cut that out.

EDIT: Though if Bautista keeps doing that, I suppose I can forgive him.
   9. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 28, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4453797)
I wrote before but I think fans should be concerned that lawrie is now getting hurt just doing the basics of the game.

that's a real concern
   10. Papa Squid Posted: May 28, 2013 at 02:20 PM (#4453813)
There was absolutely zero reason for Lind to run in that situation and the fact that Lawrie didn't realize that is disturbing. That sets his 'baseball i.q.' very, very low. Somethign shoudl be done about THAT.


His low baseball IQ was pretty much established when he ended an inning trying to steal home with the bases loaded and Bautista up last year.
   11. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4453824)
the longer he goes without hitting the more his...less likable characteristics, become harder to ignore.


The maxim for all head cases and red asses. The Kevin Youkilises of the world are gamers as long as they're OPSing at 900. They're jerks when they stop doing that.
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 28, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4453828)
There was absolutely zero reason for Lind to run in that situation and the fact that Lawrie didn't realize that is disturbing.


I can thinnk of two reasons: 1) It gives Lawrie an RBI, and 2) it turns the out into a sac fly, helping Lawrie's batting average.
   13. BirdWatcher Posted: May 28, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4453831)
I really wish it was just a baseball IQ problem. Despite his protestations, it really is all about him. Do you think he would have got that upset with Lind and the 3B coach if he were in the dugout and someone else had hit the flyball? Of course not. His message is "I did my job, I got a RBI coming - run !" Similarily, last year with the steal home (and another time when he was thrown out attempting to steal 3rd), the message is "I'll win this game - the hell with Bautista." Yeah, poor old Bret probably doesn't think of it in these terms, but that's part of the problem - lack of thinking.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4453838)
The "I do it my way" attitude really just doesn't fly when you're hitting 209/268/374, and seem to be getting worse every year.

Get the OBP over .300 before you start #######' at other players, meat.
   15. Dale Sams Posted: May 28, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4453922)
The Kevin Youkilises


Someday that stupid urban legend will go the way of Buckner's seventh game error.
   16. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 28, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4453937)
voxter

I think the better example is gary Sheffield. gary could make all kind of outlandish statements and when he stopped hitting he was gone.

that has been a recurring theme in baseball (to its credit)
   17. The Good Face Posted: May 28, 2013 at 04:30 PM (#4453962)
I think the better example is gary Sheffield. gary could make all kind of outlandish statements and when he stopped hitting he was gone.

that has been a recurring theme in baseball (to its credit)


Milton Bradley's another one. Teams spent years putting up with his crap in the hopes he would live up to his potential, and Texas hit the jackpot in 2008, but the minute the bat started to fade, he was out of baseball at 33 years old.
   18. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4453967)
The Kevin Youkilises


Shouldn't the plural form be Ukulele?
   19. Perro(s) Posted: May 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4454043)
I think the better example is gary Sheffield. gary could make all kind of outlandish statements and when he stopped hitting he was gone.


Considering he hung around for about four years past prime Sheffield and played 'til he was forty, that's a bad example.
   20. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: May 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM (#4454283)
but the minute the bat started to fade, he was out of baseball at 33 years old. Well, after two seasons as a Mariner.


fixed. Stay away from the Mariners, young Lawrie.

Actually, it was probably the Cubs association that did Bradley in, and the fact that his 510 PA's with the Rangers at age 30 in 2008 was the only full season he'd had since 2004, and the only one he ever had, since.

   21. Loren F. Posted: May 29, 2013 at 02:06 AM (#4454354)
If Milton Bradley were hitting .321/.436/.563 and could stay in the lineup for like 125 games per season, he and his bad attitude would playing somewhere. For lots of money.

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