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Brett Lawrie needs to play a little smarter

Jun 3, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

Brett Lawrie Reuters

The hustle is great, but Brett Lawrie‘s tendency to play baseball like a bull in a china shop has hurt the Jays from time to time. Of course, the incident that led to last month’s four-game suspension was the most notable occasion. Saturday’s showing was none too impressive, though.

With two outs in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays down to the Red Sox by two runs, Lawrie was thrown out stealing third base, sending the game to the ninth.

And that’s the kind of play that just can’t happen. It’s a situation in which the runner has to be 100 percent sure he’ll make it if he goes. Lawrie must have seen third baseman Kevin Youkilis pulled over towards shortstop with the left-handed-hitting David Cooper up and figured the Red Sox might not even try the throw. Throw they did, though, and they were able to get Lawrie even though Youkilis fell over trying to make the play.

Lawrie is a terrific talent and is one of the most entertaining players to watch in the league today. He’s also a cocky kid with plenty of growing up left to do. Blue Jays fans better hope that wisdom comes with experience because he’s going to need it to reach his potential.

  1. flyerscup2010 - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    chill he’s just high on life after not getting dead at that mall

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      Your time line is wrong.

  2. 32bigg - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Rookie (I know, not technically) baseball player makes rookie mistake. Shocker!

    Slow news day?

    • skeleteeth - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      Uhhhhh don’t make the last out at third? I had been hearing that since I started playing baseball…

  3. js20011041 - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    In fairness to Lawrie, he was caught on a strike em out, throw em out double play. There weren’t two outs when he took off. Having said that, he still shouldn’t have been stealing third in the 8th inning down by 2. It is fun to watch him play though. Wish more players played with the energy of Lawrie or Harper.

    • skeleteeth - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:46 AM

      No it wasn’t. 1-1 pitch to LH batter w/2 out.

      • js20011041 - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        Yes, it was. I was watching the game. I was pretty sure I was right, but just in case, I checked the play by play on It was a strike out with Lawrie being thrown out at third. Did you pull that out of your ass?

      • skeleteeth - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        Pause the video as soon as it starts. 2 out, 1-1 count. Notice the batter isn’t called out after the 1-1 pitch.

      • js20011041 - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        Well…damn. When I was watching it I would have sworn it was a strike em out out throw em out. My bad.

      • rooney24 - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Hilarious! I love when someone gets caught in a lie. js20011041 gets all bent out of shape claiming he watched the game live AND rechecked the play by play to be sure…..and he was still wrong. Guess the play by play must have been wrong. You wouldn’t have lied about checking it, would you?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    That is the second base running error this season that has hurt the team. It resulted from youthful exuberance. On the other hand, people who do not regularly watch the Jay’s games are unaware of the significant number of times he has taken an extra 90 feet such as moving to third from first on a routine single. Casual observers of the Jay’s also miss the number of runs he has prevented with his glove and his superb range. How many third basemen are positioned in short right field against left handed pull hitters?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Exactly. Playing aggressive is his game. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

      • db105 - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        Playing aggressive is one thing and playing smart is another.

      • cur68 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        The kids the total package. I say let him try and make that steal. His playing is exciting to watch and he forces errors from others playing like that.

  5. charlutes - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Brett Lawrie slept with Mathew’s boyfriend. That’s why he’s such a hater. OK Matt you’ve posted your Lawrie hate mail for the week, take a few off.

    • 32bigg - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Ha! No kidding. A veteran making a rookie mistake is possibly newsworthy, but not a rookie making a rookie mistake.

      Not to mention there was already a Lawrie story earlier in the day.

      I smell a clear case of Lawrie-hate. Which I think is just a symptom of “get off my lawn” disease.

    • rooney24 - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      charlutes, how can you call someone a hater, when you turn to the lame gay-bashing of trying to belittle someone by inferring that they are gay? In my book, that is more hater than questioning Lawrie’s game.

      • 32bigg - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Gay-bashing? Gimme a break.

        Since Lawrie slept with his boyfriend, then charlutes would have to also be insinuating that Lawrie is gay just as much as Pouliot and his hypothetical boyfriend are gay.

        But he’s not bashing Lawrie, so it doesn’t make sense that he’s gay-bashing.

        Some will surely find the joke lacking in taste, but to accuse the man of gay-bashing is a knee-jerk reaction, lacking real thought.

  6. binkin21 - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Get off your pasty liberal high horse, like you’ve never cracked a snarky joke in your lifetime

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      If it was a funny joke, he probably wouldn’t have got called out for it. But it wasn’t funny so he deserves the wraith.

      • binkin21 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

        Seriously people are ridiculous and overreacting to every small thing, no wonder our society is becoming the JOKE of the world. People just need to listen to some Defeater and Ruiner and mosh out all their emotions in their living rooms. The world will be a much better place then

  7. flyerscup2010 - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Jeez this actually went further downhill than I thought my comment would take it

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