It’s one thing to tear up your own dugout in a celebration, to send your teammates running for cover as you work your way down the line firing high fives and fist punches or flaunt some of the games unwritten rules about on-field decorum in 50-50 situations.
It’s quite another to throw your batting helmet at the feet of a home plate umpire as Brett Lawrie did Tuesday night. It was, as Lawrie said, “an unlucky bounce,” that saw the helmet hit a stunned Bill Miller on the right side of his leg. But the act went well beyond, and Lawrie had to be physically restrained by manager John Farrell. You don’t have a personality like Lawrie’s and play the game in such a brazen manner without collecting your share of teachable moments, but this one comes equipped with a trip to the principal’s office.