KC Royals: Was Brett Lawrie Slide Into Escobar Really Dirty?

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Apr 18, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Christian Colon (24) forces out Oakland Athletics base runner Brett Lawrie (15) at second during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports


I come down on the side of Lawrie made a dirty slide. My reason goes back to his 1) high spikes and 2) the fact that you can see Lawrie was looking at his foot during the play.

Thus, I believe Lawrie knew EXACTLY where his foot was going. Take a look at the video and watch Lawrie’s head:

However, I bring my own biases to this opinion. Not only am a Kansas City Royals fan, and blogger; my highest level athletic achievement is fighting in multiple national-level Judo tournaments in my late teens.

In my Judo training, opponents and training partners threw me many thousands of times. As a result, I developed extensive skills with respect to falling, and body control over incidents that resemble falling. That’s why my intuitive sense is that a professional athlete is going to KNOW where his foot is going on a play like that.

Perhaps my own experience has misled me. Maybe it’s not as easy as I think for a professional baseball player to control his feet while sliding into second.

None of this, of course, justifies continuing to squabble over something that happened two months ago.

The KC Royals need to take care of business, and leave the past in the past.

That’s what being a professional, and a mature winner, is all about.

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