Blue Jays Canadian hope Brett Lawrie set for debut
The Toronto Blue Jays have never had a Canadian star. They’re
hoping Brett Lawrie is their first.
The 21-year-old Lawrie, who was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas
on Thursday, was set to make his major league debut Friday night
against the Orioles. Lawrie was batting ninth and playing third
Lawrie was obtained from Milwaukee last winter for right-hander
Shaun Marcum. He batted .353 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs for Las
”I’m no savior,” Lawrie said. ”It’s another game for
A native of Langley, B.C., Lawrie is the brother of Danielle
Lawrie, a softball pitcher who was the two-time national player of
the year for the University of Washington in 2009 and ’10. Lawrie
played for the Canadian Olympic team in the 2008 Games.
He’s set to be the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays and
knows that many of his countrymen will be cheering for him.
”I know I have a lot of people behind me,” Lawrie said.
Lawrie is scheduled to play his first game at home Tuesday
against Oakland and knows that there’s going to be lots of pressure
– and hype.
”Obviously back in Canada it’s going to be pretty cool,”
Lawrie said. ”I’ve got to do my best to represent my country and
myself and the Toronto Blue Jays.”
Manager John Farrell is trying to deflect attention from his
young third baseman, but concedes he’s more than a little
”Pretty exciting day,” Farrell said. ”He carries an air about
him that stands out – in a good way. He’s an aggressive
personality, and it’s been nothing but positive since the day he
joined the organization.”
Lawrie’s parents and his famous sister were planning to attend
his first game – but that didn’t make him nervous. He’s trying to
remember what his Las Vegas manager, Marty Brown, told him when he
gave him the news of his recall Thursday morning.
”They’re calling you up. Try and keep it off Twitter as best as
you can,” Brown told him.
Lawrie said he did.