Ray Lewis. Dustin Pedroia. Bo Jackson. Brett Favre. Pete Rose.

Take your pick.

They're some athletes Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was compared to on the eve 2012's opening day.

Lawrie has only played 43 games in the majors.

Yet, go by the OPS barometer, he's off to a fastest start of any Canadian hitter.

Better than Larry Walker, Justin Morneau or Joey Votto or anyone else.

Reliever Casey Janssen marvels at Lawrie's ability to stroke extra base hits and his raw speed.

"He's so strong, so quick, that combination is rare in this game," Janssen said Wednesday at Progressive Field.

"He's so go-go. He must sleep like a baby at night. He's non-stop away from the park, in the clubhouse and on the field. He's infectious in our dugout."