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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Jays’ 3B Brett Lawrie ejected, sister lashes out on Twitter

Well Danielle says it’s the worst call that she’s ever seen.

Crew chief Wally Bell told a pool reporter after the game that it was Lawrie’s tossing of the batting gloves that prompted Bellino to run him, calling it poor baseball etiquette.

Lawrie’s older sister immediately went on her Twitter account (@DanielleLawrie5) to express her displeasure.

“The umps these days in @mlb can suck it… Some of the worst calls I have ever seen have been this 2013 season,” she tweeted, adding the hashtag “#callthegamerightdouches”

In subsequent tweets, she said she wasn’t necessarily defending her brother’s actions, but she understands the desire to “show someone up that’s that terribe (sic).

“I’m not saying what my brother did was RIGHT at all, I’m saying these umps are horrific and are not held accountable,” she tweeted.

Danielle Lawrie is a world-class ball player in her own right. The native of Burnaby, B.C., pitched for Canada’s women’s softball team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She was the U.S. national collegiate player of the year in 2009 and 2010, and led the University of Washington to the Women’s College World Series championship in 2009.

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   1. Drexl Spivey Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:34 AM (#4452845)
Wally Bell: The Etiquette Enforcer

   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:13 AM (#4452851)
she tweeted, adding the hashtag “#callthegamerightdouches”


Classy broad. I'm sure she looks great with a bud in her hand whilst donning her flannel shirt and sweatpants...
   3. Drexl Spivey Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:45 AM (#4452855)
Classy broad. I'm sure she looks great with a bud in her hand whilst donning her flannel shirt and sweatpants...


Here's a video of her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCmlzprX8FY

I don't think your description of her is accurate (although she should stop using the word "awesome" so often).
   4. Greg K Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:03 AM (#4452863)
I don't think your description of her is accurate (although she should stop using the word "awesome" so often).

I kept waiting for her to drop a "douche" into that interview.

It's interesting how people come off quite differently on their twitter accounts. I suppose the immediacy of it can cause you to by-pass some of your filters. Especially if you feel like your brother has been picked on by an ump.

That being said, I haven't seen video of the ejection yet, but if anyone in MLB could use a memo on chilling the #### out, it's Brett Lawrie.

EDIT: Also interesting to note that Danielle's comments ("Some of the worst calls I have ever seen have been this 2013 season" and "I’m saying these umps are horrific and are not held accountable") nearly perfectly echo those in several threads we've had here in the past couple weeks.
   5. Knock on any Iorg Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:11 AM (#4452865)
Lawrie was simply resorting to medieval custom by throwing down the gauntlet to challenge Wally Bell to a duel. Apparently his sister serves as his second in these matters. Bell needs to brush up on his dueling protocol.
   6. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:10 AM (#4452870)
That being said, I haven't seen video of the ejection yet, but if anyone in MLB could use a memo on chilling the #### out, it's Brett Lawrie.
The ejection was a joke. Not only did Lawrie not say a word to the ump, but he was walking away so nonconfrontationally that it took several moments for him to realize he had been ejected.
   7. John Northey Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:54 AM (#4452875)
http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27393861&topic_id=8878984&c_id=tor&tcid=vpp_copy_27393861&v=3 is the video

You can see Lawrie dropping his helmet and bat (helmet rolling away from the ump) and the ump says something while Lawrie walks away oblivious to anything the ump said. The camera follows Lawrie and he looks down but saying nothing then a confused look as he figures out he has been ejected. The image of the ump right after he ejects Lawrie is of a guy who looks bored and was doing nothing of note. Just a total joke imo and the ump needs a serious fine/suspension over it as a guy who ejects players over that is a guy who needs to be removed from MLB.
   8. John Northey Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:54 AM (#4452876)
http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=27393861&topic_id=8878984&c_id=tor&tcid=vpp_copy_27393861&v=3

... weird, tried editing my comment but it created a new one. Ah well.
   9. Greg K Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:03 AM (#4452877)
Upon viewing I certainly agree with #6 and #7 - that was a pretty silly ejection.

I wonder how much the fact it was Lawrie influenced things. It was a fairly tame helmet toss (accompanied by zero words and no look at the umpire). It would be a bad sign if he's already developed a reputation for a guy umps look for a reason to eject - both for Lawrie himself and for the state of umpiring in the major leagues.
   10. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:09 AM (#4452878)
I believe we once had a thread on the competitiveness and temperment of the Lawrie family - based on this article: Link
   11. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:09 AM (#4452879)
I wish the video had the batting gloves being tossed. If be just flung them down that's silly, if he tossed them in the air I can understand the HP ump being upset. There is something differed t about those types of reactions.

But from what I saw this was an unnecessary ejection. It should be noted that the pitch was a strike.
   12. Hack Wilson Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:36 AM (#4452880)
I am giving the benefit of a doubt to Wally (Tinker) Bell who wrote several books on etiquette under the pseudonym of Miss Manners.
   13. DKDC Posted: May 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM (#4452916)
There is a much better video (that has mysteriously disappeared) that shows a zoomed out shot of Lawrie walking away and it shows a completely different story.

The exchange is pretty clear from that video. Lawrie is called out (on a pitch in the strike zone). Lawrie slams down his helmet on the plate and looks down and says something under his breath that the umpire doesn't like. Lawrie starts to walk away and the umpire turns to him and says something, presumably a warning about what Lawrie said and maybe letting him know he will be fined for equipment violation. Lawrie clearly hears the ump and takes off his batting gloves and flings them backwards intentionally towards the ump, all while pretending to be oblivious. The umpire tosses him and Lawrie continues his, "who, me?" act.

The video also doesn't show that in the middle of the next inning, Lawrie came back out of the dugout and started screaming at the umpire.

This was some North Korea level editing to make Lawrie look like the victim here.
   14. Greg K Posted: May 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4452926)
I believe we once had a thread on the competitiveness and temperment of the Lawrie family - based on this article: Link

Quite a family. I have a friend with a twin brother. At the age of 10 or so their parents mandated that they were no longer allowed to play sports with one another due to the consequences of over-competitiveness. It got to the point where they ended up just never playing the same sport. One turned exclusively to cricket and the other to rugby. This was all before I met the guy - who is one of the nicest people I've ever met, don't think I've ever seen him lost his temper. So it's a bit hard to imagine.

Me and my brother are polar opposites in that though. He's ultra competitive, and I'm not competitive at all (though I love playing sports). My parents actually made me pretend to feel bad when I lost to him, because he would get endlessly frustrated by the fact that I wasn't too bothered about getting beaten.
   15. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: May 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4452927)
Classy broad. I'm sure she looks great with a bud in her hand whilst donning her flannel shirt and sweatpants...

Clearly she should take lessons on class from you.
   16. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: May 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4452931)
I'm a Jays fan and I also give the benefit of the doubt to the ump here. Lawrie knew what he was doing here and the outcome was inevitable.
   17. The District Attorney Posted: May 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM (#4452941)
So I went to the link in #10, read the opening line "To fully appreciate what drives Danielle and Brett Lawrie, begin with the cornhole story" and closed the tab.
   18. SoSH U at work Posted: May 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4452943)
So I went to the link in #10, read the opening line "To fully appreciate what drives Danielle and Brett Lawrie, begin with the cornhole story" and closed the tab.


You probably know it as beanbags, but cornhole is the correct name.

   19. bobm Posted: May 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM (#4452948)
[9] Arguing balls and strikes by throwing equipment is apparently an annual Brett Lawrie tradition

Wednesday May 16 2012 Brown: Umpire hit with Brett Lawrie’s helmet, full beer cup at Blue Jays game
   20. bobm Posted: May 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4452956)
   21. akrasian Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:18 PM (#4453016)
I don't see the controversy. He didn't "drop" his helmet, he threw it down - which has been grounds for ejection as long as I remember. Instead the ump apparently warned him, at which point he dropped/threw his gloves. There's not an ump in my lifetime that wouldn't have ejected him at that point - and I was born in the '60s. And that's from the edited tape, not the longer one that DKDC saw.
   22. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4453042)
I don't see the controversy. He didn't "drop" his helmet, he threw it down - which has been grounds for ejection as long as I remember. Instead the ump apparently warned him, at which point he dropped/threw his gloves. There's not an ump in my lifetime that wouldn't have ejected him at that point - and I was born in the '60s. And that's from the edited tape, not the longer one that DKDC saw.
I didn't watch an edited tape; I watched the game. He did slam his helmet, and perhaps if he had been ejected at that point, it might have been understandable, though it could have been disgust with himself as much as with the call. But he wasn't. And he was walking away, not saying a damn thing to the ump. And then the ump tossed him because he flipped his batting gloves away while walking back to the dugout. As I said, he didn't even realize right away that he had been ejected, because it was so out of nowhere. An umpire who has that thin a skin shouldn't be an umpire.
   23. DKDC Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4453084)
He didn't "flip his batting gloves away", he took them off and tossed them in the direction of the umpire in show of defiance because he was being scolded. And believe me, I've pulled that same "who me?" routine when I was being a prick during my adolescent years. That look of surprise and shock on Lawrie's face is about as genuine as a DVD you buy from a guy on the sidewalk with a blanket and a pair of running shoes.
   24. rlc Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4453092)
It seems as if there's a double standard at work here due to Lawrie's reputation. I doubt Bellino would have ejected another player for doing what Lawrie did.

On the other hand, I haven't noticed any other players doing what Lawrie did; it appears that he has gained his reputation the old-fashioned way.
   25. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:01 PM (#4453202)
Clearly she should take lessons on class from you.


Wow fancypants, good job in making it personal. I throw down a little humour and you personally attack me. I'm not even sure how to respond to this, but since I have some dignity, I'll just leave it at that.

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