You mess with Brett Lawrie, you answer to his sister, Danielle, a pitcher for the University of Washington softball team and a previous member of Canada’s Olympic softball team.
Here’s an excerpt from a Seattle Times article on Danielle Lawrie:
First, you should hear about The Punch. To understand the competitive ferocity that makes Danielle Lawrie a nearly unhittable pitcher, go back to when she was 9 years old and protecting her little brother, Brett.
At the community pool one day, Brett swam toward his sister, crying, complaining that some boys were pestering him. Danielle asked who, Brett pointed to the ring leader, and she walked over to her brother’s tormentor and punched him in the face. All swimmers had to clear the pool because of the blood.
“It’s great you’re sticking up for your brother,” her father told her that day, “but we need to talk about how to channel your emotions.”
Thirteen years later, Danielle laughs at the memory, bats her blue eyes and says, “Don’t worry. I haven’t punched anyone since, and I don’t plan on it.”
OK, so it was a few years ago… I still wouldn’t mess with him.