A reader sent me the above picture of a broken Brett Lawrie game-used helmet from May 14th against Tampa that’s in the Blue Jays Shop Memorabilia Clubhouse at Rogers Centre, selling for $1000, and…
Hang on a minute…
Brett Lawrie? Tampa series?? Broken helmet???
Could it possibly be??!?!
“The date is one day off,” the email says, “but Im guessing that Brett Lawrie doesn’t smash that many helmets.”
That’s probably true, I thought to myself, but do these newfangled high-tech helmets maybe get tossed around like insignificant pieces of molded plastic when they’re in the hands of millionaires and millionaires-to-be? Yeah, probably. So, since it only labelled the helmet as “broken”– not, say, “smashed at the fucking feet of umpire Bill Miller”– and since the date was one day too early, I decided I’d better look into it.
The image above was taken during the May 14th game against the Rays. Granted, it’s not from the same side of the helmet as we see in Steve’s picture, but notice how scuffed and worn it looks, and how much pine tar is on the front of it, surrounding the logo.
Here we see the helmet Lawrie was wearing, moments before it ended up “mistakenly” hurled to the dirt in the direction of an umpire on May 15th. Sure, the quality of the image here is better, and we do see some pine tar on the Jays logo, but scuffing seen in the previous image would, I think, still be quite visible here were it the same helmet, and it simply isn’t. In fact, the helmet Lawrie wore on the night of his infamous blow-up looks rather pristine in comparison to the one the night before– and the one that’s for sale in the picture at the top of this post.
So… despite the somewhat misleading– though, apparently, entirely factually correct– label that this is a game-broken Brett Lawrie helmet from the mid-May two-game Tampa series, it isn’t the helmet. So don’t go buying it thinking as much!!!
Images via Steve, Brad White/Getty.