I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Jays were kinda in the news this week, which means they’re being talked about nationally in the States quite a bit, and this impromptu newsworthiness has gifted us a mountain of Jays-related nuggets from ESPN’s Keith Law, both in yesterday’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com, as well as on yesterday’s edition of ESPN’s Baseball Today podcast– and, I’ll have you know, he’s a lot softer on Brett Lawrie than what you’ve been reading around here, so you’re probably going to enjoy it…
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Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Brett Lawrie, Keith Law on May 18, 2012
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Brett Lawrie on May 17, 2012
A lot of them just paint a rather generic portrait of a rageaholic, but some of these tweets are more than a little bit tinged with genius…
HOPE THIS YAWN GOMES MOTHERFUCKER KNOWS HOW TO GET RAD. ONE SPEED. ONE LIFE. ONE CHANCE. PLAY LIKE A PUSSY AND YOU’LL END UP IN VEGAS, BRO.
— NotReallyBrettLawrie (@HelmetTosser13) May 17, 2012
JUST DRANK 20 5-HOUR ENERGIES BECAUSE FUCK A SUSPENSION. MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY BUT I’M GONNA BE FUCKING DIMED FOR THE NEXT FOUR DAYS. — NotReallyBrettLawrie (@HelmetTosser13) May 17, 2012
0-FOR-4 WITH TWO PUNCH OUTS & A STOLEN BASE. GOT AGGRO. GOT DIRTY. STRUCK OUT HAAAARD. THAT’S ALL THAT FUCKING MATTERS. SUCK IT, DUMB ASSES.
— NotReallyBrettLawrie (@HelmetTosser13) May 17, 2012
IF I HIT A BOMB TONIGHT, I’M SLIDING HEADFIRST, STRAIGHT THE FUCK INTO EACH BASE, ASSHOLES. IF I’M GETTING SUSPENDED, I’M GOING OUT AGGRO.
— NotReallyBrettLawrie (@HelmetTosser13) May 16, 2012
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie on May 17, 2012
Just in case you were wondering why Yan Gomes got the call-up after Adam Lind’s demotion, instead of David Cooper, Travis Snider, or anyone else, Mike Wilner provides the answer…
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) May 17, 2012
Originally I slapped a “WORDS FORTHCOMING!” tag underneath Wilner’s tweet here, but… what the hell is there to say, really? The move to bring up Gomes to play third for these four games makes total sense. And it gives him a chance to give John Farrell a reason to keep using him once Lawrie comes back, rather than give DH at-bats to Ben Francisco, as I suspect would be the plan.
I mean, Gomes had a great spring and has been impressive so far in Las Vegas, but the reason he stuck in so many minds this March was because he remained in the Major League camp so long, along with a few other guys the club saw as non-prospect eventual utility guys. As many commenters have astutely pointed out, he’s a useful guy to have on the bench, as he can catch– allowing John Farrell to be less conservative about pinch running for his catchers, if that’s a problem– and play at either corner infield position. He could stick around, but I suspect Ben Francisco is the first place they turn to fill their newfound DH void, even after Lawrie is back.
According to a Gregor Chisholm tweet, Francisco will DH tonight.
I suppose I could say something about Lawrie’s suspension and the dropping of the appeal here but… I kinda think we’ve exhausted that topic, yes?
Image of Yan Gomes by Robert Rogers/Getty.
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Brett Lawrie on May 16, 2012
Well, frankly, he was a little more appealing before last night’s ugly outburst. HEYO!
Breaking news on the Rogers-owned Blue Jays from Shi Davidi of the Rogers-owned Sportsnet:
Lawrie gets 4 gms. Appealing
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 16, 2012
Seems a little light to me, and I’d like to hear how they came up with that number– seems like he was saved by the bounce… of his helmet– but it’s not like I’m gonna fucking complain. First time offender, didn’t intend to hit him with it, white guy, etc. etc.
If you’re still, for some reason, dying to keep going over all this, Guy Spurrier of the National Post walks us through Lawrie’s at-bat using Pitch F/X and, as usual, pretty much nails it. For me, though, it doesn’t change anything that’s been written in the last 24 hours. The guy with the bat in his hands needs to keep his emotions in check, whether he thinks he’s being baited or not. What Lawrie did was reckless and dumb and maybe deserved more games than he got– especially since he might get it appealed down to even less– but at the same time… if he doesn’t make a habit of such uncontrolled outbursts, I think we can all just fucking relax a bit.
Well, that was fun last night, huh? Nothing quite like piling stupid on top of stupid on top of stupid, which we did around here, as umpire Bill Miller made two bad calls, Brett Lawrie lost his fucking meat-head mind, a human-shaped pile of excrement tossed a beer at Miller, and commenters bent over backwards to moronically defend one particular side of this from bad old Parkes and his telling it 100% exactly like it is. It’s amazing to me that it needs to be said, again, but holy fuckballs, Miller’s calls do not justify Lawrie’s actions, some fucking laughably misplaced notion of “passion” doesn’t justify Lawrie’s actions, and if there’s anybody to be upset at, maybe it’s the fucking concrete-skulled fuckhead who just took away one of of his team’s best players for upwards of ten games because he wasn’t man enough to restrain himself from raging like a six-year-old– and it’s entirely irrelevant whether his frustration was justified or not.
Oh, but how dare we try to spoil a good batch of all-direction venom and despicable behaviour with our entirely appropriate reaction, huh?
Posted by Dustin Parkes under Brett Lawrie on May 15, 2012
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.
Brett Lawrie is a young guy with the whole world in the palm of his hand. He has money and opportunities for days. He, like so many other people of his generation, likes getting tattoos. He spent much of this off-season in the tattoo chair, showing up this spring with two new full sleeves.
Here is a shot from November, with Lawrie modelling the new Jays third jersey. Notice the left arm is completely covered in grayscale work while his right arm retains some of its original pigmentation. As you can see above, that is no longer the case. Lawrie festooned his left arm with a largely flowered motive, with a black rose featuring prominently among the other lightly shaded elements.
Look more closely at the right wrist of Canadian Jesus. Is that…the MLB logo? With a date underneath?