The Blue Jays’ Brett Lawrie makes one of the best darn plays you’re ever going to see a third baseman make. First, he has to dive to stop the ground ball. Then he has to gather himself after bobbling, run to the third base bag and make the out.
Most third basemen would stop there, but Brett Lawrie is not most third basement. Lawrie, seeing a chance to complete the double play, leaps into the air like he’s suddenly in The Matrix and fires to the catcher who lays the tag on a surrendering David Ortiz.
By all rights, that should have been through the infield and scored at least two runs (the bases were loaded for Boston at the time). Instead, Lawrie turned certain disaster for Toronto into awe-inspiring defensive greatness.
Lawrie flashed all the skills you need in a third baseman. Reflexes. Concentration. Great arm. Improvisational ability. Balletic footwork. Complete disregard for your foolish rules about what a baseball player should and should not be able to do.
Brett Lawrie, he is a man.