Lawrie tells Zaun he’s not quitting Twitter

Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays generated some attention on Twitter Thursday.

Brett Lawrie had a message for his doubters Thursday and, true to form, the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman didn’t hold back.

“All u people who chirp when things don’t go good have never done anything in pro sport .. Ever,” Lawrie wrote “So shut ur mouths #LetsGetThisThingg #jays”

The tweet, which has since been deleted, seemed to resonate with many of Lawrie’s 185,000-plus followers. Hundreds re-tweeted the message before it was removed.

“It’s not that (the criticism) bugs me, it’s just I find it funny. It fuels my fire, it ignites me to want to do better,” Lawrie later told Sportsnet Thursday.

“It just makes me laugh because we lose one game and everyone gets so angry, but then once we go win two or three in a row it’s like ‘oh look at that’ and nobody really cares. … People just don’t really understand what we go through and the daily grind that we go through every single day and this is hard. No one said this was going to be easy and I don’t have many excuses, but I’m just trying to come here and help my team win and contribute anyway I can whether that’s on offence or defence.”

Thursday afternoon Gregg Zaun suggested Lawrie should stop tweeting. The Sportsnet analyst joined Tim Micallef & Sid Seixeiro on Sportsnet 590 the FAN, explaining that Twitter might be creating a distraction for Lawrie.

“My advice to any active player out there would be ‘get rid of your Twitter if you haven’t already,'” Zaun said. “Why does a guy like Brett Lawrie need a Twitter handle? Why does he need a Twitter account? I have absolutely zero idea. Do your talking on the field with your play and that’s it”

Upon hearing of Zaun’s suggestion, Lawrie responded on Twitter prior to Thursday Blue Jays-Rays game in Tampa.

Lawrie has a .175/.247/.325 batting line in 89 plate appearances so far in 2013. The 23-year-old returned from a rib cage injury in mid-April.

“He forgets that there are people that have actually played the game for a lengthy period of time that actually do have opinions that are valid,” said Zaun, a veteran of 16 MLB seasons.

The Blue Jays fell to 13-22 Wednesday night when they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays. They had put together their first three-game winning streak of the season before Wednesday’s loss.