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Brett Lawrie sacrifices body for amazing dive into camera well (Video)

Kevin Kaduk
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie tried to make a play on a foul ball in the Yankee Stadium camera well on Wednesday. Yet all he came away with was the countless number of dropped jaws and the respect of those who happened to be watching.

Seriously, this effort was just awesome (if not also flat-out crazy):

I mean, there's hustle and then there's the all-out abandon with zero regard for his body that Lawrie put toward trying to retire Mark Teixeira with the Blue Jays already down four runs in what would end up being a rain-shortened 6-0 loss on getaway day.

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Lawrie was clearly hurt after picking himself up off the well's concrete floor. Fortunately  for the Jays — who have been hit with a parade of injuries all season — X-rays turned up negative. Lawrie has been diagnosed as "day to day" with a "right calf contusion."

While there's a solid debate to be had on when players should just say "when," there is really nothing in baseball quite like a player going after a ball without any other concerns than recording an out. And even if he had broken something, I don't think this is the last time we see something like this from Lawrie, either.

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(AP)

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