Down three to two with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Brett Lawrie willed a two balls, no strikes, four seam fastball from Oakland Athletics’ reliever Craig Breslow over the fence in left field for his first career grand slam. The Blue Jays went on to win the game 8-4.
In five games at the Major League level, Lawrie has collected seven hits in 18 at bats, including a double and two home runs. His slugging percentage currently sits at .778. But perhaps most impressive to baseball fans in this city, where apathy is a constant enemy, is that he goes about his business on a baseball field with all the simultaneous intensity of a slam dunk, blocked shot, slap shot goal and emphatic touchdown spike.