Brett Lawrie doesn’t like 100 mph baseballs thrown at or near his head.
Who could blame him? Baseball is a game, and having a pitcher openly threaten to throw at your head is unacceptable. So when that happened last weekend during the Oakland Athletics’ series at the Kansas City Royals, Lawrie wasn’t impressed.
But arguably worse? Having fans cheer that type of behavior on.
“The way their fans approached everything, I hated it,” Lawrie told KansasCity.com. “The way their fans were antagonizing everything, you know, I got a first-pitch missed curveball up in my head and everyone leaps up in their seat like Bruce Buffer is about to come out. That?s not how we?re doing things.
“Shame on their fans for antagonizing everything that went on there, because that had a lot to do with it. Shame on the players and their team that went with it. I?m just glad it?s all over and we?re moving on. We don?t have to see them till June, and we?re just going to continue to go out and continue playing baseball.”
Royals fans caught a bunch of flak last season, as fans failed to fill the ballpark even amidst a run to the American League Pennant. That said, they might take issue with Lawrie calling out their character.
Oakland and Kansas City next play June 26.
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