Does Brett Lawrie Need to Grow Up? – The Dugout Show #17

Brett Lawrie Toronto Blue Jays

Brett Lawrie Throws Helmet in Frustration

Click Here to Listen To: Brock Picken Discuss Brett Lawrie’s Temper, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, & LA Dodgers.

On this episode of The Dugout, I discussed the expressions (temper explosions) of Brett Lawrie and whether or not they are justified. I think we can all agree that Lawrie’s “Helmet Incident” with the umpire last year was unacceptable and inexcusable. This past Friday (May 24, 2013), Lawrie was called out on a third strike and tossed his helmet and batting gloves aside in frustration, resulting in another game ejection. I personally feel as though it was a bit more of a personal attack against Lawrie, as he has remained a “target” of sorts for the umps ever since last year’s incident. I don’t feel as though his actions justified an ejection. Now, having said that, I was disappointed to learn of his gesture towards Lind and third base coach Luis Rivera in Sunday afternoon’s game. Lawrie, having hit a fly ball to right field, thought Adam Lind should have tagged and scored on the play. He gave several “dirty looks” towards Lind and Rivera as he jogged back to the dugout. Gibby and Bautista put an end to Lawrie’s shenanigans right away:

Brett Lawrie Gets Chewed Out by Gibby

Brett Lawrie Gets Chewed Out By Gibby

The whole Lawrie incident became a mute point just minutes later when Kawasaki hit a walk-off double. His speech after the game was epic:

If the Jays can keep up with the other AL East teams through June and July and pick up ground on lesser teams like the Padres, Rockies, and Twins, they might be able to shift gears and make a move towards “playoff contention” following the All-Star break.

This of course would be easier to accomplish if Lawrie could make it through a full game without being ejected or injured.

In today’s podcast, I also mentioned my interview with Jays Assistant GM, Andrew Tinnish, where we discussed Jays pitching prospects, as well as my show with Alan Coombs of CJBK London Radio, where he predicted the Cleveland Indians to be a hot team right out of the gate.

 

4 comments

  1. The Cub Den

    Lawrie’s got to cool it a bit. Discipline and restraint. Great player, but if they want a shot at the playoffs, Lawrie’s got to be a leader. I think they still can do it by like you say, gaining ground on those teams and once Reyes gets back. Watch out!

      • thebluejaysdugout

        I was at a game he pitched earlier in the season and he looked REALLY good, until he had to come out early (that was due to the back/neck tightness that’s been bothering him since). He had some amazing stuff that night. That’s the crazy/scary thing about the knuckleball. It can be very hittable if it’s flat, but when he’s on, that thing can be so untouchable.

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