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Oakland’s Brett Lawrie rips Royals fans after dramatic weekend

Oakland’s Brett Lawrie was restrained by home plate umpire Greg Gibson after Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera was ejected by Gibson for pitching inside to Lawrie in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium.
Oakland’s Brett Lawrie was restrained by home plate umpire Greg Gibson after Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera was ejected by Gibson for pitching inside to Lawrie in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

Brett Lawrie did not enjoy his weekend at Kauffman Stadium. A 99-mph fastball hit him in the left elbow. A 100-mph fastball buzzed behind his back. Heck, on Friday night, he even cost his team an out when he slid into the legs of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, rather than sliding into the open bag in front of him.

On Tuesday afternoon, as Major League Baseball meted out justice to Kansas City pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Yordano Ventura, Lawrie continued to rage against the behavior of the Royals and their fans.

“That was probably the worst series of baseball that I’ve ever played,” Lawrie said in Jane Lee’s story for MLB.com. “I don’t think you can even call it baseball, because it wasn’t. I’ve never been a part of anything like that in three days in my entire life. It wasn’t baseball. It didn’t feel like baseball.

“And the way their fans approached everything, I hated it. 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.”

Go find a marker. Circle June 26. It should be an interesting weekend.

Here are a couple more things Lawrie had to say, all culled from Susan Slusser’s story in the San Francisco Chronicle:

1. Lawrie insinuated the Royals lack veteran leaders. “A lot of other teams have noticed the way they’ve been playing,” he said. “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.”

2. “We’re just looking to win baseball games,” Lawrie said. “We’re not looking to go to war with anyone. Nobody wants to hurt anybody. But if that’s what they want to do, I’m sure the league will take care of it. We’re just going to play baseball and try to win games, and that’s it.”

Oakland lost to the Angels 14-1 on Tuesday night. They are 7-8.

FROM THE STAR

1. Mike Moustakas continues to take the ball to the opposite field, and the Royals continue to benefit.

2. Ned Yost believes the punishments for Ventura and Herrera could have been worse.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

29.7 percent.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“The English Softhearts” by Literature.

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