Even if you aren’t a Toronto Blue Jays fan, this past week every Canadian and British Columbia baseball fan was cheering for Brett Lawrie.
The wait was well worth it for Jays fans as Lawrie showed he could be the real deal.
Restraint was well needed as Brett Lawrie gave high fives to the entire line of his fellow teammates with brute force strength, but a few moments later the calm, cool and collected version came out to accept a curtain call from almost 20,000 Toronto Blue Jays fans.
After being called up from AAA Las Vegas on Aug. 4th, the Langley, BC product has been unstoppable and all the rage with Toronto Blue Jays fans. In his 1st major league action Lawrie went 4-9 vs Baltimore and is currently batting .389 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. Lawrie’s play since getting the call-up to the big show has Jays fans granting standing ovations just for running out to his post at 3rd base and has British Columbia baseball fans cheering for at least one guy wearing a Toronto uniform.
The finest moment so far in what looks to be a very long and prosperous career came in only his 2nd career game in the major leagues against the boys from Oakland. Facing A’s pitcher Craig Breslow, the next “big thing” smashed a pitch out into the bleachers for a grand slam in front of almost 20,000 screaming and cheering Toronto Blue Jays fans.
“I think it’s just a bigger stadium,” he said, absolutely serious. “It’s the same game. I notice breaking pitches are thrown for strikes a little bit more, but I think it’s just the bigger stadium. The game seems maybe a little bit faster. It’s the same game, 90 feet, 60 feet, so it felt the same.”
Talk about confidence from a 21 year old who was drafted in 08 by the Milwaukee Brewers who over a week ago was playing AAA ball and the only difference he notices is that MLB stadiums are just a tad bigger then AAA.
I would go out on a limb and say that Jays fans feel like they are the big winners of the trade pulled off in Dec of 2010 for this sensation that sweeping the nation.