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Brett Lawrie continues his rampage against umpires

May 23, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Lovullo helps umpire Fletcher after he was hit in the left arm by a line drive during MLB game in St. Petersburg

Brett Lawrie freaked out at an umpire last week and threw his helmet. Last night, his rampage against the men in blue continued unabated:

First base umpire Andy Fletcher briefly left Tuesday night’s game between Toronto and Tampa Bay after being hit by a batted ball. Fletcher appeared to get struck on the left arm behind the bag by Brett Lawrie’s foul liner with two outs in the Toronto fourth inning.

After being checked by Tampa Bay trainers, Fletcher walked off the field for further examination. Fletcher returned to the field in the fifth inning.

We’re watching you, Lawrie.┬áThere are no accidents. That wise old turtle in “Kung Fu Panda” said so.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - May 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Oh good, the opportunity for proudlycanadian to post 57 comments about incident. My day is planned.

  2. The Common Man - May 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Is that Torey Lovullo in that photo? I’m having flashbacks to the late ’80s Tigers and am glad he’s gainfully employed.

    • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Yep. 1st base coach.

  3. cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Not the only Lawrie v Umpire moment, either. There was the checked swing/strike-out call (no way he swung) and the “went-past-second-didn’t-tag-up & ran-back-to-first, you’re-out” call. The young fella is havin’ his trials and tribulations, indeed.

    Tune it today for the continuing saga of Revenge of the Umpires, where our brash young Beaver Lovin’ Jedi competes again, verses the Sith Lord minions of Darth Selig. Will he learn a valuable lesson or will once again fail the Test at The Cave (Tropicana is pretty gloomy & spooky with all those empty seats, cobwebs, and catwalks, no?).

    • Tim OShenko - May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      If not for the safety railings on the catwalks, it would be the perfect setting for a lightsaber duel.

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        aaaand Bautista with his 11th homer off Sheilds. He can really swing that sabre, eh?

  4. redux23 - May 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    leave pablo sandoval alone!

  5. nagrommit - May 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Should an umpire be allowed to continue participating in a game if he’s left it?

    • bigleagues - May 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      You transmutated my thoughts exactly!

  6. 32bigg - May 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Did you see when he made a full sprint towards the 2nd base ump when he was called out for not retouching second base when he went back to first. I thought he was going to put his forehead into the ump’s chest a la Zinedine Zidane (I don’t like soccer but that head but was awesome).

    I’m sure I wasn’t the only Jays fan screaming “NOOOOOOOOO, don’t hit him” while he was in mid sprint. Like the spirit of Qui Gon Jinn imploring Anikin not to slaughter the sand people. (If Cur can make a Star Wars reference, then so can I)

    • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      @32bigg- Kudos, sir, on the Qui Gon reference. I regret only that it was not I who made it. A tip of the light sabre to ya.

      • 32bigg - May 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Cheers mate!

  7. medialovesthecowboys - May 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    What is with the Lawrie hating on this site. I’ll agree he’s immature. However…he didn’t get after the ump last night. Just seeking explanation in the call.

    • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      This is what you call hating, homes? Really? You should see what happens when the post is about Dykstra, Clemens, Bonds, Tony Rasmus etc. This is pretty mild stuff.

  8. drewsylvania - May 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Pretty naked trolling to me. You’re better than this, Craig.

  9. deathmonkey41 - May 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    His eratic behavior can probably be attributed to the sugar from all the Maple Syrup that Canadians eat.

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