I had thought that this post would be the last time I wasted any time or energy thinking about someone like Brett Lawrie. But since he took to Twitter today to throw some of the blame for what happened recently on, wait for it, Royals’ fans, I think I may have to beat on him some more. What a jerk. I mean really, just plain stupid.
Which is the point I wanted to make in this post. It’s the point that everyone has missed regarding this whole Lawrie Incident. (By the way, has anyone called it Lawriegate? No? Good. I hate it when people call some controversy whatever-gate.) On to the point, which is the whole point and nothing but the point, and it is this: whether Lawrie was dirty or aggressive or whatever is beside the point. The point is that he was stupid. Baseball stupid. His slide was stupid. Why? Because he would have been safe. Escobar wasn’t in position to try for a double play. A smart player would have seen that. And in aiming for Esky, he blew his chance to reach second safely, which was his only job in the situation.
Now I will plainly and loudly admit that I missed this point too so I must give credit to my friend Mario who brought it to my attention. Well done young man.
And with the benefit of this perspective and a few minutes of thought, I now see that Lawrie’s tweets are just further proof of his being not the sharpest spike on the shoe. And so despite what I said a few minutes ago, I think I will publicly hereby pledge to not talk about Brett Lawrie any more. It’s the smart thing to do.