Brett Lawrie is an emotional player. That's what makes him a Blue Jays crowd favourite. He competes hard and wears his heart on his sleeve.

But there are some rules that come with the privilege of playing major league baseball and, in fact, any professional sport. Contact with an umpire or official is strictly forbidden and punishable by fines and suspension.

So, in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Rays with the Jays down by a run, Lawrie was trying his best to compete and get on base against the Rays' hard-throwing closer Fernando Rodney. The Langley, B.C. native worked the count to 3-1, then took a pitch a few inches off the outside corner, a pitch that the veteran Jose Molina pulled back into the strike zone.