June 21, 2012
Bautista to heckler: cool it
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
MILWAUKEE - Following Tuesday's game, the columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a number of tweets from fans concerning a verbal exchange between an overzealous heckler and Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie.
Some tweets claimed Lawrie hurled some F-bombs at the fan while others in the area said they heard no such thing, that the swearing came from the fan and not Lawrie.
On Wednesday, Lawrie seemed surprised when the matter was brought up and said that nothing of any consequence took place and that he had not traded barbs or swore at the heckler.
The heckling, though, must have been pretty bad as at one point Jose Bautista went over to the heckler and told him to 'cool it.'
"The only thing I saw was a fan trying to be aggressive and offensive towards Brett and I just kind of stepped in and told the guy to 'calm down' and that's it," Bautista said. "Brett did nothing to instigate this person, it's just a fan trying to heckle him but at the same time being vulgar, I think it's uncalled for and I just tried to be the mediator. Nothing happened, it didn't escalate and that's it."
In Wednesday's game, Lawrie left the game after the seventh inning. He made a hard slide into third in the top of the inning which resulted in left knee soreness.