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Morgan making amends, invites Phillies fan to game

Sep 19, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is currently serving an eight-game suspension for a string of violent and unsportsmanlike acts that culminated with a benches-clearing brawl on September 1 at the Marlins’ Sun Life Stadium.  Those incidents tarnished his image somewhat in the public eye, and he’s hoping to make things right.

Morgan was excused from a seven-game punishment for accidentally throwing a ball at a fan at Philadelphia’s Citizen Bank Park in mid-August, but he contacted that fan this week anyway and invited him to Sunday’s Nationals vs. Phillies game. 

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Morgan gave the fan a free ticket behind the Nats’ dugout in Philly and a pregame field pass.

He declined to talk to the media about the generous gesture, a hint that it probably was sincere.

Morgan, 30, is batting .258/.318/.318 this season with 23 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 128 games this season.  He has been watching games from the Nationals’ general manager box with Mike Rizzo and  is eligible to return to the club’s starting lineup on September 25.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Sounds like the idiot hired himself a life coach.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Sounds like the idiot hired himself a life coach.

  3. mike3775 - Sep 19, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he felt bad for the incident. Time will tell if he really is remorseful

  4. matt - Sep 19, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    im a pretty cynical guy but I dont think Morgan is insincere at all. I think his quotes throughout all of this says it all. I think he honestly sees himself as an old-time throwback to hard-nosed baseball. Its almost like he doesn’t understand why people think what he’s doing is bad. I kind of like the guy even though Im a phillies fan. He reminds me of Juan Pierre back in the day where you hated to see him come to bat, he’d make your pitcher throw 15 pitches during his at-bat and if he got on he was likely to steal second and third and all the while make your pitcher forget about the guy at the plate. a real pest. I like that kind of player.

  5. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Who cares? It was all entertainment. Which it was. Now had it been A-rod? Well then he’d be a total POS and should be banned from the game. That way he can get back to kissing himself in the mirror. And stuff.
    No really, he’s handling it pretty much how he should. I would have figured he would have at least a pair of tickets though. As far as the other apology though? He should go up and dust the dandruff off the other shoulder of Volstad and tell him he’s sorry for forgetting to brush that one off too. How forgetful of him. Of course he was already disciplined for it all by a flying clothesline that would have made Jimmy superfly Snuka blush.

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