Not that anyone is asking me, but I sure don’t blame Nyjer Morgan for charging the mound after being thrown at twice in one game tonight against the Marlins. I understand why he got hit the first time (retaliation for his cheap shot hit on the Marlins catcher the previous night), and he didn’t start a fight after that one, but then they threw at him again later in the game. What up wit that?
Apparently he broke some unwritten rule by stealing 2nd & 3rd with his team down by 11 runs after he got hit by a pitch earlier in the game. So what? Like a team has never come back from that far down? Every run counts, and the name of the game is to get yourself in a position to score runs. When a batter hits a home run after getting hit by a pitch his previous, we laud his determination. But Morgan isn’t known as a home run hitter, he’s a base stealer and run scorer, so he did what comes naturally … he stole bases and got to 3rd base, where all sorts of things could have resulted in his scoring.