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Nyjer Morgan

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.


Don’t get me wrong, I think Morgan is a bit of a punk, and he’s definitely got some issues (he recently threw a ball at someone in the stands), but when the ball gets thrown behind you when you’ve already been hit by a pitch in the game, well … he’s sure not the first guy to charge the mound after something like that.


Would I rather have seen him get on base and steal 3 bases, including home, this time? Hell yeah. That would’ve shown ’em!

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