Earlier in the year, I wrote that Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Brett Lawrie was the next big thing. I thought he would earn that moniker for his play on the field, not throwing helmets in the vicinity of umpires. But in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Brett Lawrie did just that after he was called out on a questionable third strike call from veteran umpire Bill Miller. You can find the video here for now. I’ll try to find an embedded video soon.
I can’t say I blame Brett Lawrie for going red-Ross on Miller, because that call was horrendous. Not only was the pitch high but it was outside as well. Brett Lawrie’s version of when Keeping it Real Goes Wrong will undoubtedly bring a fine and a suspension. Players have been suspended for much less, and there is no doubt this outburst give Brett Lawrie some time off.
While I love Brett Lawrie and think he will be a fantastic player, he does have some character issues. He’s a bit juvenile at times, but we have to remember he is just a kid. His character is supposedly one of the reasons the Milwaukee Brewers let go of him in the first place, so maybe they were onto something.
On the other hand, I don’t blame Brett Lawrie as much as I should considering how the Blue Jays lost. It’s never a good feeling to lose a game because of an error, but that’s what happened to the Jays when Rajai Davis botched it up. So adding in the fact of that, and then the call, I probably would blow up as well.
The Blue Jays are now 19-18, a full four games behind the leading Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. If I had to guess on the suspension Brett Lawrie will receive, my guess would be around five games.
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