The Toronto Blue Jays will be without one of their key players for four games after Brett Lawrie lost his cool on Tuesday night.
After disagreeing with a call by home plate umpire Bill Miller, Lawrie turned towards Miller and smashed his helmet into the ground. It resulted in an unlucky bounce and hit Miller.
Jon Heyman tweeted the news on Wednesday afternoon:
lawrie gets 4 games suspension— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 16, 2012
According to Shi Davidi, Lawrie will appeal the suspension, perhaps next week by teleconference.
That altercation will now cost Lawrie and the Blue Jays. Lawrie understand what he did was wrong, telling reporters:
That was not my intention at all. I've never, ever done anything to go at an umpire before in my life, and I didn't mean to tonight. I apologize for that...It's just my passion for the game. I wanted to help my teammates out as best I could. That's the pride I have in this game. I leave my emotions out on the field.
Whether it was his intention or not, Lawrie will pay the price now. His passion is undoubted and he shows it everyday; unfortunately, he went over the line on Tuesday night. His suspension could have been a lot worse.
He will be in the lineup against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.