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Nyjer Morgan curses out a Marlins fan

Last week, Nyjer Morgan was suspended seven games for throwing a ball into the Philadelphia stands after engaging in "an ongoing dialogue" with a Phillies fan, as Kilgore reported. The league said his actions were inappropriate. He's appealing the suspension.

You might think this would be a time for Morgan to keep a quiet profile in center field, lay low, go underground. Or at least not to blatantly curse out any fans. Well, you'd be wrong.

After Morgan's home plate misadventures in the top of the 10th Tuesday night (lovingly frame-grabbed by Nationals Enquirer), he engaged in the below dialog with a (Marlins) fan in the bottom of the 10th. As Reader Dan points out, it's possible that he was saying "I caught that fat bass up, a fat fish," or something along those lines. Alternatively, his mouth could use a good Soft Scrubbing.

If you're offended by reading lips speaking bad words, don't watch this.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 1, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Posted by: PowerBoater69 | September 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

So what? Nyjer Morgan is one of ours. He shouldn't have to just stand there and put up with crap from the stands home or away. Fans are big-time when they are separated from players by a few hundred feet and an outfield wall. The price of admission doesn't get you that. How come when fans initiate some sort of confrontation it's the player that gets the blame?

Posted by: bethesdaguy | September 1, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh Nyjer, Nyjer, Nyjer...

Just think. A year ago we were all giddy about having stolen him from the Pirates. Now when Stan and Mike rattle off names, talking about the bright future of the team, you never hear him mentioned.

I'll still take Tony Plush over Fumbles Milledge any day, but he looks less and less like the answer to our leadoff prayers all the time.

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | September 1, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

agree with bethesdafan, he's one of ours and fans are definitely to blame, just cuz youve bought a ticket doesn't give you the right to call a player names from the opposing team. read carefully what the person who Nyjer accidently hit said about how philly fans were heckling really bad. HE was embarrassed by how bad Nyjer was being heckled before he get hit in the head. he said they were out of line, questioning his sexuality, using F A G, etc. fans needs to be held responsible for their behavior. to end my rant, anyone who's ever played baseball would know, Nyjers play at home plate last night was within the rules.

Posted by: destewar | September 1, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, fans are to blame, but that is, for better or worse, the way it is. At the end of the day, these ballplayers are professionals and get paid a lot of money. if it makes them feel better they can think about all the zeroes in their paychecks and let it roll off their back.

Posted by: JFinver | September 1, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I have always found Nyjer to be very good to the hometown fans, I don't expect him to put up with the garbage that is routinely tossed at outfielders by the 'fans' of the opposing team and frankly, if the behvior of these 'fans' is enough to get a rise out of a player on the field, it is very likely to be offensive enough to be ejected from the ball park.

Posted by: rvrtis | September 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Well within the rules, but still stupid. He missed the plate and got called out a couple of games ago because instead of going for the plate he decidedhe would try and knock down the catcher when his teammates were telling him to slide.

If you're not hittin that well, maybe you should try some class.

Posted by: Alisterio | September 1, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Per the fine print on the Nats tickets:

"The use of abusive language, interference with play (including throwing objects in the stands or onto the field), entry to the playing field, and drunken or disorderly behavior are prohibited, and offenders will be ejected from the stadium and subject to arrest. The Washington Nationals reserve the right, without refund of any portion of the ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or unbecoming or who uses vulgar or abusive language."

I'm sure all teams have similar policies. Nyjer was wrong for throwing the ball but where is the stadium security? I see fans get kicked out of Skins games all the time for behaving badly. Maybe baseball fans just don't care enough to complain.

Posted by: sammyliz01 | September 1, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer Morgan has now thrown his glove down and pouted on a live ball, been the worst base stealer in MLB percentage wise, had a bad year defensively, thrown a ball at a fan, and twice tried to hurt opposing catchers instead of going for home plate to score a run for the team.

T-Flush needs to be run out of town. DFA him immediately and see if any team will trade for him. If not, cut him loose. If Riggleman starts him today then Riggleman should be fired.

Posted by: TheJoeGreene | September 1, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that our Mr. Morgan had just body-slammed (and likely injured) the opposing catcher on what could be viewed as a dirty and/or stupid play. In that case, I'm not surprised the fans were on him - and seeing it live on MASN2(which I did) it looked an awful lot like he was still seeing red after the collision and not in full control of anything let alone his language.

I'm in the DFA camp. Otherwise, at some point somebody else on the team is going to be forced to pay for his behavior - and he's not performing well enough in any phase of the game to run that risk.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | September 1, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"If Riggleman starts him today then Riggleman should be fired."
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He better start. Someones getting plunked and if its anyone but Nyjer then the benches will clear. If its Nyjer then both teams will move on


Posted by: JDB1 | September 1, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Players are responsible for their actions on and off the field. Players get heckled all the time, do you think Red Sox or Yankees players get it easy when they are not playing at hoe against one another!? Jeter sux Arod jerseys anyone, but have we had anyone in that storied rivalry assault anyone (Jeff Nelson and Karim Garcia notwithstanding since the knucklehead in question entered onto the playing field)...the answer is no, have they ever thrown a ball at a fan...no....have they ever launched into a profanity laced tirade and had it documented on video...no

Please grow up Nyjer!

Posted by: markfd | September 1, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The caps could use some one else willing to throw the body around like that. Since nats fans soured on him, let him lace up later this month at Kettler.

Posted by: GFisher1 | September 1, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

THAT'S your incriminating video? Sorry, I have no idea what words he's using here -- I don't read lips and most of us don't. Yes, he's shouting back at one of the few remaining Marlins' fans. So what.

But I especially do not like how Steinberg has not referenced Adam Kilgore's article which quoted a Phillies fan at the game that said that Nyjer was NOT guilty of throwing a ball in the stands to hurt somebody. Typical blogger B.S. to leave out facts that don't advance your point of view!

Quoting from Kilgore's August 26 Nationals Journal --"The version of events recalled by Adam Holman, a 25-year-old from Marlton, N.J. who sat in the section where a fan was hit by a ball Morgan threw into the crowd, described Morgan as playful with hecklers and his toss into the crowd as a typical, "rainbow-style" throw."

Posted by: MrRamsey | September 1, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"Hello, Hello, any proofreaders home?"

Title reads "Marlins fan." You then go on to describe the argument with a PHILLIES fan. What the heck is going on with proof reading?

I support Nyjer 100% - I'd hammer the ruffian, classless Phillies fans right back if it helped my performance :)

Posted by: terptek | September 1, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer has a complete skill set but clearly almost zero baseball IQ.

He has made more boneheaded plays - and actions - than the rest of the team combined this year...

Posted by: billherz1 | September 1, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Morgan needs to keep his mouth shut and focus on playing baseball! He needs to let his play speak for itself. He is making some bad decisions because he keeps letting stuff get in his head that isn't baseball related. If he can't do that, then take him out of the lineup and put in someone who wants to play baseball and understands their capabilities!

Posted by: burnie4241 | September 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash for all the people that say Nyjer is "one of ours" and that it is ok for him to react like this. Fans have been yelling abuse from the seats at baseball players for decades but the players ignore it and get on with their job of playing baseball.

The reason they are called professionals is that get paid a boat-load of money and are expected to do their job and ACT like professionals. Morgan is not fulfilling that part, he is acting like a spoiled frustrated little kid.

I hope he plays tonight and I hope he takes a fast ball in the ribs in retaliation - and I hope the rest of the Nationals understands why he deserves it.

Posted by: seraphina2 | September 1, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

for the benefit of those who cannot read lips:

Nyjer said "Shut your fat A** up. You fat B***h.

please don't block this, i am just trying to explain what he said.

Posted by: JMWthe4th | September 1, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

oh and as for "Nyjer is one of ours".

so then if he was wearing a different uniform, you'd be calling for his head for this stuff right?

hypocrite much?

Posted by: JMWthe4th | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Well within the rules, but still stupid. He missed the plate and got called out a couple of games ago because instead of going for the plate he decidedhe would try and knock down the catcher when his teammates were telling him to slide.

If you're not hittin that well, maybe you should try some class.

Posted by: Alisterio | September 1, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This all still seems really out of character for Morgan.
Of the issues throughout the year, the one that would concern me the most is the defensive laspes.
If he's supposed to be your everyday CF then he's supposed to be a plus defender. Would anyone consider him one?
Also, consider his age. He's 30+. Not exactly the "future" in CF, add the defensive mistakes, poor baserunning and inconsistent bat and you see why the Pirates were glad to deal him.
Milledge is actually having a decent year. He's again facing a platoon situation but is hitting really well RISP and somewhere around .270 BA overall. Has pretty much been a model citizen since his trade.
Hanrahan has been excellent all year and is splitting the closer role with Meek. Hanrahan has been more consistent though and should win the job outright eventually.
This hasn't been in steal for either team.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 1, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Well within the rules, but still stupid. He missed the plate and got called out a couple of games ago because instead of going for the plate he decidedhe would try and knock down the catcher when his teammates were telling him to slide.

If you're not hittin that well, maybe you should try some class.

Posted by: Alisterio | September 1, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"I would say it was clean if I hadn't seen what he had done earlier in the week," Tracy said.
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Then it was clean.

Who's starting today? Olsen? Perfect. Assuming Morgan is down in the order, Olsen goes out there and plunks the first guy who looks at him funny. Warning issued to both teams and FLA can either hit Morgan and go the pen for 8 innings, or deal with it.

It's September, might as well keep things interesting.

Posted by: tha_prophet | September 1, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"one of ours"

You mean, a loser?

Posted by: Tinman1188 | September 1, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

It certainly is not within the rules to run over someone when he doesn't have the ball unless he is blocking the plate or a base. Enabling this clown will only make him worse, if that's possible. Looks like another Milton Bradley without the talent.

Posted by: joezap77 | September 1, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Was it the right decision not to slide? Probably not, but he's been making poor decisions all year and is pretty clearly on tilt right now. He knows he's on the verge of losing his position for next year - and decision making is a big part of that.

Not dirty though.

Posted by: tha_prophet | September 1, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Nyjer, have you fogotten how to slide? How bush league do you really want to be, bevause you are gettting more and more bush with every game you play. Be a major leaguer and show some intellegence. SLIDE! just like the Marlins did in the bottom of the 10th to win the game. You would have been safe, but had no thoughts of ever sliding on that play...BUSH LEAGUE PLAY Nyjer!

Posted by: abryant15 | September 1, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Anybody remember the story of Jimmy Piersall? He played for the Red Sox back in the 50's and went crazy. It started innocently enough with him throwing balls into the stands, yelling at fans, outrageous pranks, and finally running the bases backwards.

I have a feeling that Morgan is headed down that road.

Posted by: MKadyman | September 1, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Nyger Morgan's emotions are clearly getting the best of him. Blowing up the catcher when he could have slid into home safely was self centered and unsportsmanlike. The catcher was not blocking the plate. His actions are hurting the team, and I think it is time that the Nationals take him out of the lineup until he demonstrates that he can handle his frustrations in a professional manner.

Posted by: chalkranger | September 1, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Yea these are professionals ball players they should take the high ground but at the end of the day there people just like the people in the stands there doing a job that happens to be watched by fans . how would any off these loud mouth fans like be heckled at their job. Morgan defending himself he aint the first guy and def wont be the last. I hate going ball games having listen to loud mouth fans shout sh.it i would never let my kid hear and i played college ball just dont think its necessary basically just jealous by fans who wish they where in there shows.. ALways be an opponent of Fans being tossed for bad behavior

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | September 1, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Yea these are professionals ball players they should take the high ground but at the end of the day there people just like the people in the stands there doing a job that happens to be watched by fans . how would any off these loud mouth fans like be heckled at their job. Morgan defending himself he aint the first guy and def wont be the last. I hate going ball games having listen to loud mouth fans shout sh.it i would never let my kid hear and i played college ball just dont think its necessary basically just jealous by fans who wish they where in there shoes.. ALways be an opponent of Fans being tossed for bad behavior

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | September 1, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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