It’s music to Brett Lawrie’s ears. John Gibbons doesn’t want to change him. Not a thing.

Gibbons has a soft spot for Lawrie’s hell-bent-for-election attitude. He knows it’s a gift that only a handful of players have.

“I’m not going to tell him to back off because that’s what got him here,” said Gibbons. “That’s what put him on the map as an amateur. Three or four years from now, I’m sure he’ll slow down a bit but intensity is a big part of this business. Guys that have it, who can bring it every day, are often your better players.”

Now, John Gibbons may change his tune. He has not had the privilege of seeing Brett Lawrie try to steal home with two out and the two-time league-leader in home runs at the plate. Or risk life and limb chasing a foul ball into a deep, dangerous, cement camera well.

“I haven’t seen Brett play, other than highlights on TV, but he’s got a chance to be one of the best players in the game,” said Gibbons. “He plays with a lot of energy and we need that. It’s contagious. You’re going to make mistakes as a young player in this game. You just have to learn from them.”

Lawrie and Gibbons had a friendly chat in the outfield at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Tuesday, just a couple of baseball guys shooting the breeze.

“We were just hanging out, just talking,” said Lawrie. “First time with me and him, so we’re off to a good start. He’s behind all of us and that’s what’s great about him. I’m just going out there to play, not feeling I have to change anything.”

Lawrie did hint that perhaps some of his past mistakes have made an impression on him.

“Baseball’s a game of mistakes and about learning from the mistakes, especially when you get to the end of the year and have a chance to reflect on everything,” he said. “I just want to stay healthy as best I can. I’m not going to worry about getting hurt. I can’t play like that. That’s when things can go wrong. I’m going to continue to do what I’m doing.”

Gibbons is a fan of intensity but he’s not a fan of irresponsible base running. If it happens, there’s little doubt he’ll gently take Lawrie aside and present him with an, ahem, alternate approach.