Brett Lawrie deserves nice, long suspension
Brett Lawrie Ejected Credit to 2012 MLB Advanced Media.
For those of you who missed it, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman was ejected last night after throwing his helmet that hit the umpire. As you can see in the above video, Lawrie was upset with the second strike call and imploded after being called out on strikes. Blue Jays manager Jim Farrell was also ejected.
Look, the first strike was borderline, and the third strike call wasn’t even close. The umpire will certainly here about his two calls, but that is far from the point. Brett Lawrie deserves a nice, long suspension to think about how he acted. He is a professional baseball player and needs to be held accountable for how he acted. He went on to throw a childlike temper tantrum in front of thousands of fans, including many kids. Is this the type of role model that kids should be looking up to? Lawrie is young, but that’s no excuse.
Lawrie claims, “”I’ve never, ever done anything to go at an umpire before in my life, and I didn’t mean to tonight. I apologize for that.”
I think it’s all well and dandy that he came out and apologized for it, but he still has to be accountable for his actions. I also don’t buy it when he says he didn’t mean to hit the umpire with his helmet. Maybe he shouldn’t have smashed it to the ground right at his feet. Furthermore, it all started when he tried to show up the umpire by going to first before the call was even made. That’s certainly not Big League etiquette.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Brett Lawrie is a bright, young star with a promising future, but that’s no way to act no matter the situation. He simply struck out on a bad third strike call, and that’s not going to be the first time it will happen to him in his career. He still has a lot to learn and some growing up to do. Give him 10 games.