Brett Lawrie plays baseball with passion. Sometimes that passion is good. Sometimes it’s bad. Incredibly bad.
The Toronto Blue Jays third baseman came up to bat in the ninth inning with his team down a run to the Tampa Bay Rays. He took two straight balls before fouling one off and then taking a third ball. With the count at 3-1, Lawrie again took the fifth pitch of the at bat and began walking to first base when the umpire called it strike two.
As we can see below, it was a bad call.
The bad call was followed by a questionable strike three call, that in all honesty, was close enough to probably warrant a swing given the conditions surrounding the at bat. After getting rung up, Lawrie slipped into a Red Bull rage, threw his helmet to the ground like a spoiled child and hollered at the home plate umpire in an aggressive manner. Considering that his helmet bounced up and hit Miller, it’s quite likely that he will be suspended. And deservedly so.
Adding embarrassment to shame was the moron who threw a beer at the home plate umpire following the game. We can only hope that he’s dealt with appropriately.