Attention Canadians who think beer commercials are the height of our nation’s cultural contribution: I know that there are some real jerks in this world trying to (pardon the Quebecois, but) cock block your maple boner from expressing its love for Toronto Blue Jays third baseman and British Columbia native Brett Lawrie.

These over-reacting talking heads bring up words like xenophobia and inherent racism to describe a simple and pure national pride that can’t help but emerge when one of our own excels on a national, nay international, stage.

Well, during last night’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast on ESPN, television analyst and former manager Bobby Valentine provided the perfect comeback for defending allegations that Lawrie’s popularity has just as much, if not more, to do with his birthplace than anything he accomplishes on a baseball diamond.

When speaking of New York Mets roster expansion callup Val Pascucci, whom Valentine had the pleasure of managing in Japan, the former Mets manager joked:

I don’t like him because he’s Italian. I like him because I’m Italian.

And now, this is all Canadians need to say when a kill joy like me accuses you of insecure and disingenuous nationalism for cheering on Brett Lawrie.

I don’t like him because he’s Canadian. I like him because I’m Canadian.

By the time anyone figures out exactly what that means, the conversation will have already passed through several other topics, and you can rest justified in your Lawrie love. Top shelf.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Stoeten’s mad photoshopping skillz.

Comments (14)

    • So Lawrie does all this at the MLB level but it’s pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things. It doesn’t improve the Jays this season and just starts his service time clock. A lot of what Parkes says there remain true. Nice try to be smarmy though.

      • So you’re not getting any pleasure out of watching him this year? You’d rather spend August watching Nix play 3B? The excitement around the team for a future of Lawrie/Bautista has been pretty awesome to watch.

        But who needs excitement when you can hold your players down in the minors to save some cash 6 years from now?

      • Also, an argument can be made that by bringing him up this year the Jays have a better chance of signing him long term beyond his “controllable’ seasons. If the Jays had kept him in the minors into next year, it would tell the player that they are a cheap team that cares more about dollars and cents than players development or winning.

        Jays fans should not worry about losing players the first chance they get to be a free agent. How many times has this happened in the past? Delgado signed, Halladay signed, Stieb signed, etc. If the want to keep a player, they generally do.

  1. I like him because I’m an American!

  2. I like him because I’m from British Columbia.

  3. I like him because my OPS was > 1.000 when I first broke into the bigs.

  4. I like him cuz he’s a cocky asshole

  5. I like him because he’s not I’m from British Columbia not American Italian.

  6. Why are you so obsessed with people liking a Canadian ball player?

    • There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just the over-the-top ridiculous fawning over him BECAUSE he’s Canadian. It’s just excessive. I’d rather just cheer for him because he’s really good.

      That and Jose Bautista’s hometown is closer to Toronto than Lawrie’s.

      • Not everyone cares as much about baseball as us. Isn’t it good to get some casual fans interested in the team, even by this means?

  7. I like him because he is good at baseball. He also plays balls out which makes me like him even more.

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