Oakland A’s Brett Lawrie complains about KC Royals fans and team’s ‘troubles’
When the Kansas City Royals play the Oakland A’s in June, you can bet Kansas City fans will remember Brett Lawrie’s recent statement to MLB.com about the way he perceived Kansas City fans behaved in the dramatic and controversial series in April at Kauffman Stadium.
In the first game of the series on Friday, April 17, Lawrie’s “hard slide” into second base injured Alcides Escobar. Escobar sustained a mild sprain and contusion to his left knee.
On Saturday, in the second game, Yordano Ventura threw a pitch at Lawrie in the top of the fourth inning, for which Ventura received an undisclosed fine from the MLB.
On Sunday, the A’s starting pitcher threw a pitch that hit Lorenzo Cain’s leg .
That was then followed by Kelvin Herrera’s pitch behind Brett Lawrie’s head and shoulder area in the top of the eighth inning, for which Herrera received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine.
“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 (UFC announcer) Bruce Buffer is about to come out. That’s not how we’re doing things,” Lawrie told MLB.com. “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.”
“A lot of other teams have noticed the way they’ve been playing,” said Lawrie,. “It hasn’t just been our team they’ve been having trouble with, there’s been some other teams. This is some tired stuff that’s been going on, a lot of people around the league are watching the style of play that’s been going on.”