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Phillies fan says Nyjer Morgan was only being playful in incident that landed him a seven-game suspension

Aug 26, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

This is interesting. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post received an e-mail from a Phillies fan Thursday who was sitting in the Citizens Bank Park center field stands last week...

This is interesting.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post received an e-mail from a Phillies fan Thursday who was sitting in the Citizens Bank Park center field stands last week when Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan supposedly hit a man in the head with a thrown ball.

Morgan was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for that incident.  He has since appealed, and it sounds like he might have a case.

Kilgore was told by the e-mailer that Morgan was only being playful with the Phillies faithful in center field that night and that the thrown ball that hit a fan had a harmless “rainbow-style” arc.  The only reason it struck the man was because he was looking the other way.

Morgan, according to the e-mailer, intended for the ball to land in the hands of a 12-year-old boy who was sitting nearby.  Perhaps this entire situation and the subsequent punishment deserves another look by the MLB commissioner’s office.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    I have no desire to be confused by the facts. String him up anyway! It’s the American way. Besides, “Nyjer” sounds Muslim!

  2. Coach - Aug 26, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Old Gator, you are truly an asshole!

  3. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Nyger is actually a type of seed. They sometimes call it thistle. But if Nyger’s parents had this in mind, a lot of goldfinches will be after him. During the winter, people but these seeds out for the tiny birds. My neighbors put them out, and there are so many cute little creatures running around. What if the speedy outfielder really left the Pirates organization because of its mascot? It’s not a finch, but… Run away from the large birds, Nyger!

  4. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    I heard Morgan was being pelted by horsemeat the whole game.

  5. Ralph - Aug 26, 2010 at 8:03 PM


  6. Coach - Aug 26, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    You may be right but Old Gator is still an asshole!

  7. schmedley - Aug 26, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    I was also in the same section and concur with this story. The guy who was hit in the head wasn’t looking, and Morgan seemed very sorry about the incident. It did not seem intentional at all.

  8. mashoaf - Aug 26, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    We know Morgan is known for his speed, but maybe not so much for his arm.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    Oh I am so hurt and offended, Coach.

  10. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    He’s lucky they didn’t throw the velveeta as well. Not only would it have stuck to him in that heat, but some of it might have gotten to his arteries and done some real damage. Question is, what did they do with all those stale hoagie rolls?

  11. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Well, at least it hit him and not his girlfriend. Things have been rough in the stands this season, haven’t they? Guys falling over railings, bat barrels flying all over the place, kids being brained by line drives, girlfriends getting clobbered while their boyfriends bail on them, you name it. And it’s worse out on the field: tasers everywhere. It’s getting so it’s safer to take in an offroad truck race.

  12. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Or a bull fight.

  13. Utley's hair - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Ah…heart disease through osmosis.

    And the hoagie rolls are used as those sticks the guys wave up at home plate.

  14. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    People who go to see dumb animals exploited and tortured deserve to have the beast jump into the stands like that. Same for people who go to hockey games.

  15. Opie - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    I’m confused, isn’t it supposed to be the other way around in Philly? Projectiles fly FROM the stands AT the players and not the other way around.
    Yet another sign that the apocolypse is upon us. Objects are moving in opposite direction from their true nature. I must consult my Mayan calendar….

  16. Bearwin - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Gator — whatever you’re trying to be here…funny, ironic?? It’s not working.

  17. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Maybe you just don’t have your antennae tuned properly for funny or ironic.

  18. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Or perhaps it’s possible that, contrary to the latest theories in astrophysics, there is an adequate mass of dark matter in the cosmos, and as a result the universe has begun to contract back towards the big bang, so everything is happening in reverse. Probably not a bad idea if you consult Childhood’s End instead.

  19. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I say taze him.

  20. Jonny5 - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    I’m very glad to hear this. I always liked this guy,.

  21. Paper Lions - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:36 AM


  22. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    If this suspension holds up, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the MLBPA come out and say that, moving forward, no player will be throwing a ball into the stands at any time anymore. Why should they? When an idiot who isn’t paying attention gets hit in the head with a ball when the player is throwing it up there to a fan, and then he gets suspended for 7 games??? There’s no way baseball can say he was throwing it up there intentionally to harm someone. 7 games??? How ridiculous is that? 7 games??????? I am a Phillies fan, and I know a family who was very close to what happened, and they said this was all in fun and that the guy who got hit wasn’t paying attention to the field. All fans should be paying attention…they have signs all over the place to PAY ATTENTION!!!
    Even if the suspension is dropped to 1 game, I would still never throw another ball into the stands again if I were any player.

  23. Jonny5 - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Wooo! at least he isn’t saying anyone is small brown and stinky like you’re saying. you’re a bad, bad, coach.

  24. Utley's hair - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Al-bay-nee-ah…Al-bay-nee-ah…it borders on…the Ay-dree-a-tic….

  25. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    “One should not expect too much of justice in this world.”
    ….Cormac McCarthy

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