Roller Coaster Ride For Lawrie

It all started with such good news.

Hours after learning of the praise that Alex Anthopoulos had sent his way, amid the strong likelihood that he would be making his Major League Baseball debut at the end of the week, Brett Lawrie had the unthinkable happen to him in the bottom of the first inning of the Tucson vs. Las Vegas, Pacific Coast League game tonight.

Right handed starter Anthony Bass hit Lawrie with the second pitch of the at bat. The hand swelled up immediately and the Blue Jays top prospect was removed from the game and taken to hospital for x-rays. While there, Lawrie shared the following with his suddenly nervous Twitter followers:

I mean this as no disrespect to Lawrie and his eagerness to fulfill a childhood dream, but it all strikes me as kind of funny.

Never before has a prospect been so representative of the hope of a fan base. After toiling in mediocrity for almost twenty years, the Blue Jays have set in place a young general manager in Alex Anthopoulos who has shone brightly during his brief tenure. Reinvesting in scouting, ridding the payroll of an albatross, swapping lesser assets for greater ones and negotiating contracts that appear to be among the best deals in franchise history – he’s done all of this in little more than a year with a mission statement promising an organization of elite players that would find sustained success.

Suddenly, there’s a belief that maybe, just maybe, there’s an actual plan in place for competing in a division with the two largest payrolls in baseball and one of the smartest front offices as well.

And who else would be the representative of this belief, this hope for fans of the only Major League Baseball team in Canada, but a newly acquired Canadian kid whose brashness is reportedly just as strong as his work ethic. The idea of Brett Lawrie is everything that a Blue Jays fan, eighteen years removed from their last playoff appearance, would ever want. He’s an elite talent, recognized as such by the people who are supposed to recognize such things. And he epitomizes the new typical Blue Jays baseball player who has no need for the past stoicism of Roy Halladay or the nice guy routine of Vernon Wells.

In Spring Training, as a 21 year old, Lawrie told reporters that he expected to make the Opening Day roster of the Major League team. It was laughed off as a bit of a publicity stunt, a ploy for attention, but Lawrie was serious. He saw no reason why he didn’t deserve the opportunity to contribute at that level and a few short months later, neither does Alex Anthopoulos and the rest of the Toronto Blue Jays front office.

So, it only makes comical sense, in that similar way to the humour of getting a speeding ticket while you’re in hurry, that after this wait to see the Chosen One, Blue Jays fans are given one final scare over a broken hand, which . . . moments ago, Lawrie cleared up as being just a bruise.

While this roller coaster ride will still have several more twists and turns during Lawrie’s time in Toronto, which still may be delayed a little bit yet, it’s already proving to be a main attraction at the theme park. Let’s just hope that the fans haven’t built this ride to be taller than the rules governing such things will allow.

Comments (12)

  1. I think it’s amazing that we, as fans, found out about a player’s injury in real-time from the player himself rather than through the media. Twitter is awesome.

    Scary, though. Even with a bruise, it’s hard to expect him up on Friday now. More Nix for a while yet.

  2. My bet is it’s just one more week of Encarnacion before AA rains some death from above.

  3. “negotiating contracts that appear to be among the best deals in franchise history”

    hmmmmm

  4. @Jeff – At this point, the Baustista contract sure looks like one of the best in team history (though you never know what might happen). Romero looks very good too.

    I can’t wait to see Lawrie, but it’s easy to forget that this guy is only 21. I do hope they aren’t rushing him. We don’t want another Snider situation.

  5. Can’t have another Snider situation without Cito Gaston.

  6. I have tickets for the red sox on June 10. I hope I get a chance to see him. Presumably he will be out for a few more days & play a game in KC before making a debut at Rogers Centre.

  7. Fullmer -

    We still have Murphy!

  8. I’d DFA nix before EE… EE there is some hope in his bat, Nix is just a waste of a very tight uniform

  9. I don’t know if mccoy is still on the roster. hard to keep track of that little rascal. I don’t understand the constant bashing of nix.

    Nix .635 ops EE .619 ops
    Nix 3 hr (in half the ab’s) EE 1 hr
    Nix 10 bb, EE 4
    Nix 3/3 in sb EE 1/1 in sb
    Nix can play great defense EE can play with firecrackers
    Nix not injury prone (as long as EE doesn’t throw to him), EE always injured

    It’s a no brainer that nix will not get waived but EE at some point. Plus EE has that 500k buyout looming. Alex would have to waive him to avoid paying it.

  10. If the Jays base their roster moves around avoiding a 500k buyout then there truly is no hope for this team at any point in the future. Calling up Lawrie is a no brainer: no matter how you feel about competing, its embarassing to go 0-44 from your third basemen.

  11. “Nix can play great defense EE can play with firecrackers”

    I LoL’d

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