As I wrote for DJF last night, during the top of the eighth inning of his team’s 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was called out for not touching second base after rounding the base ever so slightly before returning to first base when the Yan Gomes fly ball he was watching was caught by B.J. Upton.

MLB’s official rules state that if a base runner is forced to return to the base from which he started, as is the case with a fly ball being caught, he has to retouch all of the bags he touched while advancing forward in reverse order.

It seems simple enough, but viewing from this third base line vantage point, it’s not so clear that Lawrie advances after sliding into second base. Certainly, this is what he argued shortly after he was called out by umpire Rob Drake.

But from a camera angle on the first base side, we get a pretty good idea of what Drake saw to prompt him to make the call, as it appears that Lawrie makes three steps toward third base on the inside of the base line before chugging back to first.

This was Lawrie’s second game back since his petulant behaviour toward umpire Bill Miller landed him a four game suspension. Without that confrontation, it’s very likely that this play isn’t thought of again, and instead of over examining it, we’d be using the GIF to merely make fun of Lawrie’s EXTREME slide into second base as he watches the fly ball float in center field.

However, his tantrum did happen, and it happened loudly. That’s something that Lawrie will have to be mindful of moving forward (or at least looking as though he’s moving forward). His complaints over being called out were moderate by comparison this time as his helmet stayed on his head as the energetic player jogged a dozen or so feet in the umpire’s direction to ask why he was called out. According to Lawrie in the post game scrum, “Don’t argue,” was the only response that Drake would offer.

Perhaps, in addition to not invading an umpire’s space, Lawrie would also be better served by not knocking them out of the game with foul balls either. Seriously though, Drake’s response to his question is something of a lesson, and it’s reminiscent of one that anyone experiences in a close relationship with someone else.

There are going to be times when your significant other is going to do irrational things that you don’t like or that you believe to be unfair. The same is true of you. You will be right in calling out their irrationality and they will be wrong if they attempt to defend it. However, that doesn’t mean you should raise the issue. For the sake of a harmonious relationship with that person, you’re going to have to, as they say, suck it up from time to time.

I imagine this to be very close to what it’s like dealing with an umpire. You don’t want to see yourself abused, but you must pick and choose your battles.

And The Rest

On Twitter, I was likening Bryce Harper to the T-1000 and Roy Halladay to the Series 800 Terminator, as the youngster got the better of the veteran during last night’s Washington Nationals/Philadelphia Phillies game. We shouldn’t assume for a second that the rookie’s success against Halladay wasn’t by design. [Nats Insider]

Let’s not get too crazy, though. Roy Halladay is fine. [Crashburn Alley]

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena is a rather awesome baseball player. Here’s why his manager used him in the lead off spot last night against the shift heavy Toronto Blue Jays. [Getting Blanked]

The Santiago Casilla Instructional Hitting Video (Volume One). [McCovey Chronicles]

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is feeling as though his leadership qualities aren’t appreciated enough by his team’s front office. Only a real leader would complain about his leadership not being appreciated. []

For those hoping for a quick return for Mariano Rivera, a blood clot hasn’t allowed doctors to even set a date for his torn ACL surgery. [New York Post]

Baseball and the F-word. [Baseball Prospectus]

Fantasy advice is always welcome ahead of any Wednesday afternoon transaction deadlines. [RotoGraphs]

The exception. [Twitter]

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has drastically improved his hitting, and whether it’s the reason why or merely evidence of a changed approach, he’s going to the opposite field as often as he can. [Disciples Of Uecker]

Tyler Greene can get around on a fastball. [Baseball Nation]

I think I’d be more inclined to chew out Emmanuel Burriss for a lack of talent over a lack of hustle, but at least Bruce Bochy didn’t do anything crazy like take him out of the game. [Comcast Sportsnet]

Remembering the 2007 draft for the Boston Red Sox. [Over The Monster]

The Washington Nationals have finally removed Henry Rodriguez from the closer role. []

Finally, on yesterday’s Getting Blanked, the dudes mock me for my absence and force terrible baseball games down my throat. Oh, and they also talk about Bruce Bochy’s managerial master mindedness. [Getting Blanked]