Lawrie slams home victory for Jays
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Blue Jays batter Brett Lawrie rounds the bases after hitting his first career grand slam against the Athletics in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 10, 2011. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - There are certain players, special players, in every sport that live for the moment.
Five games deep into his major-league career, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie has the look of one of those guys.
With his team trailing the Oakland A's 3-2 in the sixth inning Wednesday, the bases loaded and the crowd of 19,541 chanting his name, Lawrie lifted a moon shot to left. It was a drive that was aided by the winds, pushed on by the baseball gods and one that fell beyond the fence and into the Jays bullpen for a grand slam.
Lawrie made a fist pump rounding first, almost lapped Aaron Hill in front of him on the way to second, added a fist pump rounding third and upon his arrival at the plate and in the dugout, he may have broken bones in the hands of all he slapped.
“I was so caught up in the moment, so fired up. I don’t think I hurt anyone but I don’t think a lot of peoiple are going to shake my hand from now on though,” Lawrie joked.
The fans remained on their feet to cheer the Golden Brett and didn’t let up until after about 30 seconds he popped his head out of the dugout and gave them a wave. It was his second home run since being called up Friday, his first slam and first curtain call.
“That’s the funnest game I’ve ever been a part of,” a still pumped Lawrie said in the Jays clubhouse following their 8-4 victory over the A’s.
With Lawrie in the lineup and the energy he brings to every aspect of the game, the crowd at the Rogers Centre has simply been lapping it up. Two home games in and the love-in is on.
“It was awesome, it seems like every time I go to the plate the crowd just goes nuts and that gets me fired up and makes me want to hit even more, makes me want to get up there 10 times a night,” said Lawrie. “I was going up there having fun, trying to do my best to help these guys win. These guys mean everything to me.”
He brings an energy that is contagious, an attribute that Jays manager John Farrell clearly appreciates.
“The energy that you feel when he steps in the box is certainly present,” Farrell said. “He’s all-go, all the time. He plays the game at a full-tilt capacity and it’s exciting to watch.”
It’s been five crazy games for Lawrie, who is hitting .389 after his two-hit night Wednesday.
“It’s everything that I had imagined and more,” he said. “It’s awesome to come here every day and play baseball in front of a bunch of people that want to watch me play and all these guys play. It’s awesome to go out there. The fans have been awesome. It’s not like there’s 30,000 but they make it sound like it and it gets me fired up.”
Farrell said moments earlier that his new third baseman has a flair for the dramatic and that’s something Lawrie won’t deny.
“I think it’s just the heat of the moment,” he said. “I’ve always been a guy whose been fired up. I like to get fired up. I like to get everyone else going, be that spark and try and make everyone better and get everyone going.”
Just like Wednesday night.