“I didn’t mean to hit him, your honour; I just meant to fire a warning shot.”
At some point, likely today, Brett Lawrie will be suspended for his actions during the ninth inning of last night’s loss to the Tamp Bay Rays. Lawrie deserves whatever sort of punishment MLB metes out and, unless the punishment is harsh, he probably deserves more than he gets.
Lawrie says he didn’t mean to hit the ump with his helmet. I believe him. But intent only matters up to a certain point.
Hitting an umpire — even if unintentional, even if the ump just called you out on two borderline pitches you thought should be balls — is completely inexcusable.
Lawrie must pay for his actions and he should do whatever he can to make good with the umps so that any lingering anger isn’t taken out on his teammates in the form of questionable calls going against them.
GIF courtesy of Ian, the Blue Jay Hunter.