Young Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is pretty fun to watch because -- in addition to being a really good all-around player -- he plays with such enthusiasm. Sometimes, though, uncontrolled agression can get players hurt.
Wednesday, in the third inning at Yankee Stadium, Lawrie sacrificed his body to catch a foul ball. Check it out:
Had he suffered a major injury, I think the argument would be pretty obvious that one measly out wasn't worth the tumble. Yet, somehow, Lawrie suffered only a contusion to his right calf muscle (MLB.com). That's it. In light of that, maybe this fall won't be much of a deterrent in the future and he'll continue putting his body at risk.
This is a tough one. I love seeing players going all out and doing whatever it takes to win. On the other hand, what if Lawrie broke his leg on the play? He's a very valuable player with a bright future. If management tells Lawrie to tone it down, though, they risk altering his style of play and making him less effective. It's quite the paradox.
Digression aside, the main point here is that all Lawrie suffered Wednesday is a bruise. So that's good news.