Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I can get kind of negative when it comes to the narrative surrounding Brett Lawrie. It’s not that I don’t think he’s a good player, it’s just that the constant ball-washing from Buck Martinez, Pat Tabler and Alan Ashby can get very nauseating. I mean, in a two-inning span during last night’s game, they spent more time praising Lawrie while he was on the bench than any player performing on the field. Colby Rasmus double? Nah. Adam Lind line drive base hit? Meh. Jose Bautista home run? Who? OH MY GOD, BRETT LAWRIE TOOK OFF RASMUS’ HELMET LIKE A PRO, HE’S SO GREAT AND AWESOME AND SPECTACULAR.
The thing about Lawrie is that he’s perfectly capable of earning his own praise if “The Narrative” would just come down a notch. Plays like this illustrate why all Jays’ fans are excited about him. Praise him during these plays, not when he’s sitting on the bench, clapping for a Bautista home run.