Let’s be generous and say that last night’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers wasn’t exactly a shining example of how a baseball game ought to be played. In addition to a number of fielding and base running gaffes, there were four lead changes after the Blue Jays scored the first runs of the game in the top of the third inning.
That sounds like an exciting game, and it might even look exciting when we see the win probability added chart, but when names like Tim Dillard and Robert Coello are being called upon to protect leads, it’s a bit like watching a teenager match wits with a toddler in a game of Trivial Pursuit. It was ugly. In fact, if the two teams had any self respect, they might have both stopped playing the game in the seventh inning and conceded a rare double loss.
Heard from more than one fan by the visiting dugout tonight that Toronto’s Brett Lawrie was dropping “F” bombs on fans, including young ones
— Tom (@Haudricourt) June 20, 2012
I know fans can be hard on players. But you learn with experience that firing back at them is what they want. You turn around and walk away. — Tom (@Haudricourt) June 20, 2012
Maybe the fans were out of line. Who knows? Let’s leave it at that. We should all try to be nice to each other, don’t you think? — Tom (@Haudricourt) June 20, 2012
Let’s hope Brewers fans and Mr. Lawrie can get along. He’s a talented player and any razzing should be done in spirit of competition. — Tom (@Haudricourt) June 20, 2012
I agree with all of you who said fans need to own up to it too. If they were vulgar to Lawrie, it might have been too much. — Tom (@Haudricourt) June 20, 2012
One thing is for certain. Lawrie and Bautista and Rasmus and Encarnacion have done plenty of talking with their bats. They can mash. — Tom (@Haudricourt) June 20, 2012
Do you notice a bit of a shift in Mr. Haurdricourt’s tweeting pattern there? I’m not one to jump to conclusions, but I wonder if the beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel got a small taste of the Blue Jays fan base’s presence on Twitter.