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Nyjer Morgan hosts Phillies fan hit by his throw

While serving an eight-game suspension, Nyjer Morgan wants to put behind the odd chain of events that led to it behind him. Today, he found closure to an event the league eventually absolved him of, anyway.

In August, the league suspended Morgan for throwing a ball into the center field stands at Citizens Bank Ballpark and striking a fan. This week, MLB rescinded the entire suspending, ruling it was an accident.

Today, Morgan invited the fan to the park as his guest, according to a Nationals spokesman. The fan received a free ticket behind the Nationals dugout, and Morgan met with him before the game and signed a ball for him.The fan got to walk through the Nationals clubhouse before the game, meeting Manager Jim Riggleman and a few other players.

Through a team spokesman, Morgan declined to comment about the gesture, which will likely help repair his much-maligned image throughout the sport and its fans.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 19, 2010; 1:42 PM ET
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Be nice if MASN could repair the relatiopnship between their public access like audio quality and my TV.

Posted by: tha_prophet | September 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Nat org is clueless -- they pander to this lousy ball player and make all kinds of excuses for his "mental" issues and misplays. They should have just cut this guy loose a few weeks ago and so he could be back at the store bagging grocieries.

Posted by: jwing14 | September 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I've been to games against Philly. We all know how their fans our. Surely we can all forgive Morgan for throwing at a Philly fan. Who hasn't wanted to?

Posted by: lj1126 | September 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Now that's a big start. And save the negative comments for the politicians!!

Posted by: Supporter51 | September 19, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Nyjer. I've had my criticisms of him this year and have my doubts about keeping him, but he did the right thing here.

Posted by: baltova1 | September 19, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

As a strong detractor of what Morgan has done I applaud what Nyjer did for that fan. He has elevated himself as a person, still this jester won't get me to change my mind on his nickname, "Bonehead" for his crappy decisions.
Hopefully in 2011 he can remove that name and play great again.

Posted by: Golfersal | September 19, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

so he could be back at the store bagging grocieries.

Guy has his problems, but as far as I can tell he's not full of hate and malice.

Posted by: markfromark | September 19, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

A nice gesture by Morgan and the team. lj, I don't think that Morgan threw at the fan in question; rather, he was throwing the ball to a fan in the stands and it accidentally hit the fan in question.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 19, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: markfromark

Guy has his problems, but as far as I can tell he's not full of hate and malice.

You can't be serious? Did you see him take a shot at the Cardinals catcher for no reason when scoring a run? Did you see him ram into the Marlins catcher when he could of scored easily the lead run and end the season for him? Did you seem him charge the mound after getting his "payment" for being a bush leaguer for all of the above? Oh well...I guess not...

Posted by: jwing14 | September 19, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey I can't see any scores could someone tell me who won between the Natinals and the Phillies? Also could someone fill me in on who won between the Fighting Showalter's of Baltimore and the Yankees?

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 19, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh nevermind, just found 'em.

Looks like the Orioles WON with a walk-off hit in the 11th.

Oh, also looks like the Natinals lost with a walk-off homer by Werth.

Fighting Showalter's of Baltimore are now only 3 games behind the lowly, sinking Natinals.

Talk about sad, the O's were on pace to easily lose over 100 games. Now it looks like they'll finish better than the Natinals.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 19, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watch the ESPN game tonight? It was kinda cool to see Mark Schlereth's son get his first ML save by striking out Manny Ramirez with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th. (For those with short memories, Mark was on the Redskins last Super Bowl winning team.)

Posted by: justmike | September 20, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

For those with a shorter memory, the O's moved within 3 games of the Natinals.

Natinals end the year with a worse record than the Fighting Showalter's.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 20, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Oh, come on, Poopy! Natinals was LAST year. This year we only need 1 more win to avoid losing 100 3 straight years. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Posted by: justmike | September 20, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

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