Clearly, the guy is not using steroids but also it is clear the guy is off his meds.
I didn’t cover the “brawl” because, well, everyone else did. No reason to jump into the muck and the mire. Besides, as noted elsewhere, Nyjer Morgan has a recent history of problems. He is showing off, trying to get attention. No need to give him any more. Besides, he’s just a douche. Can’t play a lick, so what else can you expect?
Or is it as simple as that?
Morgan played hockey. So, being black and playing hockey may kind of build up some, umm, animosity over the years. Yet, does that excuse the fact that he is trying to become the league’s biggest douchebag in the quickest amount of time?
There are some people who actually want to blame the Marlins for this. Or at least, suggest that the Marlins are responsible for instigating something like this. Sorry, but Nyjer Morgan ENDED Brett Hayes season with a reckless, punk play that had absolutely NO COURAGE and no risk of injury to himself. Let’s just take the fact that Morgan has been on a rampage the past week and toss that out the window for a second – because, that is a reflection on how piss-poor a manager Jim Riggleman really is.
Taking in stride the incident of smacking Hayes while he was concentrating on receiving a ball when Morgan sucker-punched him means the Marlins have a beef. A 32 oz medium rare cut worth of it. Morgan had no business blasting into the catcher recklessly. Even if he did, he should have at least of made some inroads to apologize to Hayes. Would have been the human thing to do. Instead nothing. The Marlins lost their latest starting catcher and yeah, you can bet they weren’t happy about losing a comrade in the field. John Baker is working his way back, thankfully.
Getting back to Morgan – no one put him up to it. He made the decision to lay into Hayes. Even in the NFL, that would have at least have yielded a penalty. But in baseball, there is no such thing. No risk at all for Morgan. And you can bet Hayes doesn’t have any fuzzy warm feelings – the kid finally got a shot to play in the bigs and it was smacked out of him. He didn’t get a say in it.
So, again, are the Marlins without just cause here? You bet they have every right to plunk Morgan. And they did. But what did Morgan do? He stole 2nd base and 3rd base despite being down 11 runs. His team will say some BS about it being heroic and intense and you will hear coach-speak about playing through the whistle. Again, BS. Morgan is a douche.
He clearly demonstrated he didn’t learn his lesson nor was he willing to admit any wrong doing. He took out Hayes like a coward, and when the team responded, he acted like a spoiled brat. If Riggleman had any class, he would have sat Morgan. Then again, if Riggleman had any talent on that team, he would never play Morgan.
Wes Helms said Morgan got under his skin. Anyone who knows Helms would know him to be a sensible and approachable guy who gets along with just about anyone. Except douche-bag no talents that can’t hit a baseball and have no business playing in the big leagues. Morgan can be replaced by those stupid stuffed presidents they have running around for fan entertainment. And at least if there was contact from one of them, there would be some sanity involved seeing as they are giant plush figures.
The Marlins threw behind Morgan again because he forced them to. He showed the Marlins that not only did he take out their catcher, but he didn’t regret it. In fact, he just punked out and irked the Marlins even more. The Fish weren’t trying to send a message about winning games – they were sticking up for Hayes, who can’t take a swing or punch Morgan in the face for what he did. The Marlins were responding for their fallen teammate.
As ridiculous as the suggestion is, this isn’t the Marlins’ fault. This is all Morgan’s fault. And his managers for not sitting this guy until he cooled off. Because, getting back to the other incidents, Morgan didn’t just pop his top against the Marlins. He has a sheet of incidents which culminated into the brawl. If Riggleman had did his job to regulate and control his players, or if MLB had stepped in and taken care of it, this would never have happened. As it stands, there is a mess of suspensions on both sides of the field after Morgan’s charge.
And this is why teams throw at players. When you get out of line, you get corrected. You play the right way, or catch a ball in the back. And you know what? The next time the Marlins face Morgan again, they should do the same. Because what he did crossed the line – you don’t intentionally go after players and try to get them hurt. Just look at Morgan’s reaction after the fight. He seemed like a man on a mission and seemed to feel as if he was vindicated.
No, the Nationals suck. Their management sucks, too. If Morgan played for the Marlins, I would say he was way the hell out of line. You don’t intentionally attack players and put them at risk. Especially when there is nothing at stake. Morgan is a danger to other players and should be suspended from baseball for the rest of this season. If not, then every pitcher that he faces should plunk him to send a message. The Marlins don’t need to be bigger than Morgan, they need to shove his face into the dirt. So does any other team that has to deal with his antics. And the right to defend your own should be applauded, not criticized. Those that don’t see that don’t understand the concept of a team.