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Brett Lawrie isn’t exactly contrite

May 16, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

Bill Miller, Brett Lawrie AP

There’s a side to Brett Lawrie‘s story.

That’s what he said after appealing the four-game suspension handed down by MLB on Wednesday. Lawrie, of course, spiked and hit umpire Bill Miller with his helmet during Tuesday’s game.

And he’s not really sorry about it.

“The only thing I regret is the helmet hitting him,” Lawrie said. “I never meant to do that and it shows. I threw it off the ground, it took a bad hop and it hit him totally by accident. I never meant to throw it at him. As that’s coming across, it seems like a lot of people are saying that I threw it at him, I never threw it at him. I never had any intentions of hurting anybody. I was just frustrated at the play at the time and that’s baseball for you.”

Of course, the bad hop comment is ridiculous. Whether Lawrie meant to hit him or not, the helmet bounced exactly the way it should have given the way he threw it. Lawrie probably didn’t intend to hurt anyone, but he was out of control and nothing so far suggests that he’s learned anything from it.

  1. 32bigg - May 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    You seem to have a Lawrie hate-on.

    You say he’s not sorry about it, and then the very first sentence of the quote has him expressing regret? That seems like a contradiction to me.

    Why do you need for him to be contrite? I prefer honesty to BS.

    I think you just want Lawrie to get off your lawn.

    • bigharold - May 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      “Why do you need for him to be contrite? I prefer honesty to BS.”

      How about because he’s almost a grown up and he should act like it?

      And, Lawrie apologizing for the helmet hitting the umpire is not the same as him recognizing that his inappropriate overreaction was in fact the problem is really BS. His apology is like a guy saying; he’s sorry he ran you over with his car but fails to understand that his running the red light was the problem.

      See that’s what grown ups do, .. when they make a mistake they own it and learn from it.

      Now, Lawrie can get off my lawn.

      • 32bigg - May 16, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        LOL Exactly

        Get over it. Boys will be boys.

      • vallewho - May 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        is Bill Miller contrite? when was the last time Joe West was contrite? I really dislike watching games with this guy in it. And he is usually IN IT.

        This somehow reminds me when Charles Barkley threw a guy through a window in a casino. He told the judge that he was sorry…sorry that they were in the first floor.

    • chuckj1234 - May 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      A four-game suspension seems strong for a bouncing hemet. It clearly was not intentional.
      I would not say i’m sorry either.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Why should he be contrite? The ump screwed up royally and MLB knows that he did.

  3. hiltonandastoria - May 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Bad hops are part of baseball, it happens

    • mydadyourmom - May 16, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      exactly right. the turf at the Rogers centre is infamous for tough hops. Go Jays.

  4. clabberty - May 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    He apologized during the post-game media scrum after the game last night. Might want to watch that.

  5. illegalblues - May 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    hahaha this kid sounds like a kid. he’ll grow up eventually

  6. frankvzappa - May 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Lawrie shouldn’t have been suspended even if that helmet bounced up and decked the ump in the face. When somebody goes out of their way to be a douche bag for the sole purpose of screwing with your life they deserve nothing less than to be clocked. The fact that some massive bureaucracy signs their paycheck doesn’t give them carte blanche to be a vindictive dick.

    • recoveringcubsfan - May 17, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      Anybody with a bad boss should just “clock (him) in the face,” apparently. Or is that just an unwritten rule of frankvzappa that you just made up?

  7. yowillie12 - May 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Suspend Miller until he learns what a strike is or for his use of the magic four letter word.

    • proudlycanadian - May 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      After pitch 5 (the one that was way outside), Miller seemed to signal to the Tampa pitcher that he would take care of Lawrie. He certainly appeared to have made up his mind to call Lawrie out.

      • recoveringcubsfan - May 17, 2012 at 7:25 AM

        So now it’s a conspiracy? This just gets better….

  8. randygnyc - May 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Obviously, the ones on this blog that rationalize Lawrie’s violence are either blind partisans or very young children still on their mommas teet.

    • alamarco - May 16, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Your comment sure does show your mature side… 8-)

    • spellingcops - May 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Last night I was on your mom’s teets. How’s that for maturity?

  9. mgdsquiggy17 - May 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    “Why should he be contrite? The ump screwed up royally and MLB knows that he did.”

    Yea so did Lawrie. Pretty simple don’t throw your helmet like he did. He doesn’t have to be contrite he was honest but doesn’t mean he was right. So if he has an error does that mean I’m able to throw full beers at him because he screwed up royally?

  10. mgdsquiggy17 - May 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Taking a page out of profootballtalk here with the non-stop Lawrie hate-on from this site today.

  11. sabatimus - May 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Have any of you seen the angle at which Lawrie threw the helmet? I’m not sure there was any way the helmet WOULDN’T have hit Miller–it was thrown directly toward Miller but at a downward trajectory. And the fact that Lawrie is appealing the despicably paltry 4 games shows he’s terribly childish.

  12. cadillacjosh - May 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    He had a lot of behavior problems for us in the Brewers minors. I remember reading that the Jays were in love with him and he was on his best behavior. Hopefully that was just one thing.

  13. vanmorrissey - May 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Miller is a just a gasbag who needed a wake up call himself for such crappy calls. That being said, Lawrie needs to cut down on the Red Bulls between innings, he’s amped all the time and he’s going to have to learn to keep a lid on it before he gets in more trouble.

  14. Charles Gates - May 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    ‘It got away from me.’

  15. bepee2002 - May 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    His immature behavior was one of the reasons Milwaukee was willing to trade him,they tried to wrangle him in a little but he wasnt having it,hope he grows up soon cuz the kid is a stud

  16. charlutes - May 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Here come the PBT morality police to tell us all what’s right and wrong with everyone. Shut up Pouliwhatever your name is, you probably haven’t watched 2 jays games all year.

    • recoveringcubsfan - May 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      HA HA HA!!! “Pouliwhatever”?? Seriously? It’s French for “chicken farmer.” Now you only need to learn 1 more French word and you’ll match the number of Jays games Matthew Chicken Farmer has seen all year!

  17. 49ersgiants4life - May 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    I love that he did that the umps are never held accountable for anything so players should have the right to toss them

  18. bluenoser23 - May 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Mathew when did you become a shill for the umpires union? Baseball needs more players like Lawrie…he never takes a play off and has a pure love of the game. That umpire had his head so far up his ass that he deserved whatever shit flowed his way. Terrible umpiring is the real problem here. Wake up Mathew….this was a bullshit article.

  19. cereal blogger - May 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Lawrie is very talented but his temper & ego will get in the way of him becoming great

  20. cur68 - May 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Brett, Brett, Brett…I love the kid, he’s a great 3rd baseman, but…he’s gotta keep his temper. Ump screwed him over, no doubt about it. But, his reaction prolonged his screwing over for the foreseeable. The rest of the Umps will take note and the kid’s not gonna get anything close for a while.

    I’m glad that idjit Miller wasn’t hurt but he needs a suspension himself for hosing Lawrie like he did with those BS calls. He sucks at his job and is a vindictive worm for inciting Lawrie like he did. He knows the kid’s hot headed and he deliberately goaded him with the calls. He knew Lawrie would lose it. What he didn’t expect was the helmet toss or the outright aggression: love the fear on his porky face as Lawrie came at him. Maybe he’ll think twice before goading the next guy.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      He made some bad calls, I certainly wont argue that. The way Lawrie came at him any person would show fear though. Lawrie isn’t the first guy to go ballistic but its not like a 60 year old umpire will be able to handle a 23 year old player seeing red.

  21. brewcrewfan54 - May 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Lawrie is very good but seems to be more of a punk that everyone wants Bryce Harper to be. I agree there was no intent to hit the umpire with his helmet but he went unglued. It’s not necessarily unheard of in baseball but the guy has to do better than that. The only one who looks bad here is him, regardless of how bad of a call it was.

  22. brewcrewfan54 - May 17, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    And by the way, his strike zone just grew 6 inches in every direction.

    • cur68 - May 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      Agree. And, FTR, if he wasn’t a Born Beaver Wrestler, playing on the Beaver Wrestlers…I wouldn’t be so charitable towards him. His IS kind of rivaling Bryce Harper for being a smidgen out of control with the youth type stuff.

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM

        As far as his MLB experience goes I don’t see a thing Harper has done wrong yet. Both guys have a bit of minor league douchery but so far Harper’s hasn’t actually shown. Lawrie’s now has.

  23. ningenito78 - May 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    32 comments on this? Is it really THAT debatable? He’s a young player that lost his cool and did something he shouldn’t have. Give him 5 games and call it a day.

  24. lostsok - May 17, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Umps make bad calls. It’s been part of the game since there’s been a game. Deal with it and grow up. It all evens out. I guarantee at some point Lawrie will get a ball four called his way that paints the corner. Think he’ll complain?

    Either way, I absolutely guarantee this: letting the umps know you deal with bad calls by turning into a tired 3-year old will NOT get you the balance of those close calls.

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