Wednesday, September 01, 2010
With The Intent
Radio Broadcaster Dave Jageler best described Nyjer Morgan's rush to the mound this evening in South Florida. Our Washington Nationals centerfielder did not head out to the mound to "dance" with The Florida Marlins Chris Volstad in the top of the 6th inning. D.C.'s leadoff hitter did not get in The Fish's starting pitcher's face to jaw with him.
Dave realized and stated Nyjer Morgan charged the mound tonight at "Whatever You Want To Call It" Stadium WITH THE INTENT of taking a shot at Chris Volstad after a pitch came flying behind his head.
What did Nyjer really expect?
In the last 24 hours, Morgan had barreled over Florida's Catcher Brett Hayes during a close play at the plate. An eventual out that separated Hayes' shoulder--putting Brett out for the remainder of the season.
Does Nyjer really think The Marlins weren't going to retaliate?
To Florida's credit, they didn't plunk Morgan until the top of the 4th--with Washington down 14-3 and this game well out of hand. A hit-by-pitch that found Nyjer stealing second, stealing third, then scoring on a sacrifice fly on a pop out by Ian Desmond. D.C.'s fourth run that also found Marlins' second baseman Donnie Murphy dislocating his wrist making the catch on an awkward fall.
The Florida Marlins had every reason to be pissed off at Nyjer Morgan this evening and that's why they threw behind his head, AGAIN, two innings later in the top of the 6th. The final volley that erupted into the biggest scrum involving Our Washington Nationals in recent memory.
But it didn't have to be this way. Nyjer should have just taken it like a man.
Instead, Nyjer Morgan charged the mound and struck Chris Volstad. Home Plate Umpire Marvin Hudson had already ejected Volstad. Marlins' 1st Baseman Gabby Sanchez then took Morgan out with one of the greatest horse collar takedowns of all time. If Sanchez wants a career in the WWE, Vince McMahon might be willing to talk. Those fisticuffs sending every single player and coach for both teams out onto the field and into the middle of the fray. Few more involved than 3rd Base Coach Pat Listach--who jumped right on top of Volstad in protection of Nyjer. And Bench Coach John McLaren, who eventually found himself on the bottom of the scrum. Even Livan Hernandez was HOT!!
But what everyone will remember at the end of the day was Nyjer Morgan being taken off the field, jersey pulled completely out of his pants, marched to the dugout by Bullpen Catcher, Nilson Robledo. And seeing Nyjer Morgan raise both hands in triumph to the fans of The Florida Marlins.
Rocky this was not. Embarrassment was more like it.
The Nyjer Morgan quandary, which has played out all season, came to a head tonight.
Remember, there were the Inside-The-Park Home Run incidents in May against The New York Mets and The Baltimore Orioles. The second of which found Nyjer throwing his glove down in disgust on a ball he deflected off the top of the outfield wall at Nationals Park. A baseball hit by Adam Jones that stayed in the park, yet found Morgan throwing a tantrum, while Jones ran around the bases freely to score.
There has been his inconsistent play, not only in the field, but at the plate--and on the bases.
There was the incident in Philadelphia in August when Nyjer Morgan got into a verbal bout with Phillie Fans--eventually hitting one with a baseball and suspended by Major League Baseball (though still under appeal).
There was the near collision with The St.Louis Cardinals Catcher Bryan Anderson last week at Nationals Park.
And there was the Brett Hayes injury suffered last night at Sun Life Stadium.
Nyjer Morgan seems to be playing with anger in his heart. And that's not the type of play The African Queen and I can not support.
Playing hard is fine. striking people with the intent to injure--is not.
Nyjer Morgan is going to be suspended again by Major League Baseball after tonight's brawl. And you have to wonder whether MLB's final decision will come WITH THE INTENT of keeping Nyjer Morgan off the field for the remainder of 2010. It's hard to minimize the damage Washington's centerfielder did tonight.
And Nyjer Morgan is going to be severely punished for it.
PS: Final Score in The Worst Game Of The Season--The Florida Marlins 16 and Our Washington Nationals 10.
Tonight's InGame Photos--Wilfredo Lee (AP)