Blue Jays Banter: Lawrie Blow-Up, Romero Lit-Up, Rasmus Bro-Up
It has been an exciting last couple of days in Blue Jays land with the recent Lawrie meltdown, Romero implosion and the Rasmus family reunion.
In case you missed it, in the 9th inning of Saturday’s come from behind victory over the Baltimore Orioles, Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie hit a lazy fly ball to Nick Markakis in right field. The Jays were behind by 2 runs at that junction in the game with Adam Lind on third and J.P. Arencibia on first base. Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera opted to hold the slow footed Adam Lind at third realizing they were down by a pair. Markakis also has 4 assists this season and Lind would have been dead to rights had he attempted to tag on the fly ball.
Lawrie voiced his displeasure to Arencibia perched at first base then proceeded to go on a tirade in the dugout until Manager John Gibbons pointed at Lawrie and told him to shut up. Jose Bautista intervened perhaps educating Lawrie on the fundamentals of baseball. I have been one of Lawrie’s biggest supporters, always appreciating the exuberance and his desire to succeed to the point of even defending him during his equipment outbursts with umpires. But I have reached my boiling point, and believe it is time that Lawrie to finally grow up and act like a professional baseball player. Your barely hitting above the Mendoza line but you still find the need to criticize the actions of others who obviously have a better grip on the fundamentals and what it takes to succeed at the major league level. Time to grow-up Brett everyone’s patience is wearing thin.
Gibbons went on record to say the issue was later discussed and Lawrie apologized to his teammates for his actions.
In a blow-up of a different sort Ricky Romero yet again got embarrassed at the Triple A level yesterday unable to make it out of the first inning. The stat line is ugly so viewer discretion is advised:
Romero: 0.2 IP, 8 Runs, 5 Hits, 3 BB and 1 HR catapulting his earned run average 13.85 in 4 starts.
The future does not look bright for Ricky Ro who is getting progressively worse with each start. It is unclear at this point what the Blue Jays next step with him will be.
The Blue Jays faced the Atlanta Braves last night at the Rogers Centre which keyed a special moment for the Rasmus family in the 7th inning of the contest. Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus faced his younger brother Cory Rasmus who is a reliever for the Braves. The elder Rasmus was victorious in round one doubling to the opposite field off the younger Rasmus. A feel good family moment for the baseball family.