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Nyjer Morgan may or may not have flipped off Giants fans Friday

Jul 23, 2011, 2:07 AM EDT

Nyjer Morgan

Tired of getting the business from the Giants fans in center field on Friday night, Nyjer Morgan definitely made some sort of gesture following his catch in the seventh inning.  And that gesture, for all of the world, looked like he was flipping the fans the bird.

The pictures, though, suggest otherwise.  He certainly had the windup and the delivery down, but either he came to his senses at the last minute or he was just hoping to get a rise out of people by going through the motions and then not actually following through with the one-finger salute.

Either way, he was out of line; whether he truly flipped anyone off or not, the hundreds of people watching him at that moment certainly thought that was his intention.

But that’s as far as I’ll go with it.’s Mychael Urban has a much more in-depth take on the whole sordid affair.

Also, it you want to see it from another angle, FOXSports Wisconsin’s Chris Withers has a picture of the gesture from behind.

  1. - Jul 23, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Hey Matthew Pouliot,

    I have watched just about every brewer game this year and I can tell you that Nyjer Morgan aka Tony Plush didn’t flip off anyone… He does that hand gesture EVERY game he plays in after making a play in the outfield.

    Nothing wrong with T.Plush putting up the “T” symbol after a nice play.

    “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Gotta Go!” T. Plush

    • cerveceros82 - Jul 23, 2011 at 4:08 AM

      I can confirm this as well. T Plush has been throwing up T’s all season, even on cans of corn. He was a bit more animated today, but that probably has a lot to do with him having grown up in the Bay area.

      • Gobias Industries - Jul 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        I have no idea what either one of you just said.

  2. beltmerica - Jul 23, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    He didn’t at all…. That is what he does after he makes an out… He did however hold that gesture while signaling up yours to those Giants fans and it was great!

  3. clydeserra - Jul 23, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Even if he did, its not over the line. Its really not a big deal.

    • JBerardi - Jul 23, 2011 at 8:25 AM

      I watched a game against Baltimore in the Fenway bleachers a few years back and I can absolutely confirm that Felix Pie DID flip us off. That said, we totally deserved it…

      • President Miraflores - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        I imagine those manning the Fenway bleachers usually do.

  4. shaggytoodle - Jul 23, 2011 at 3:58 AM

    He did the same thing the umpires or any other baseball player signals for “2 outs” aka the horns. He may have been giving the fans a little grief in the OF, but he is just giving back a little of what he was getting and having fun I am ok with that, its not like he used any slurs or threw a ball at a fan.

  5. cerveceros82 - Jul 23, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    I really hope this turns into a good and lasting rivalry. At the very least, at least Giants fans have something else to whine about other than poor ole Posey getting run over.

  6. phuckyouall - Jul 23, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    Nyjer Morgan is a clown and nothing more. Whatever he did, let’s not give this waste of space anymore attention he doesn’t deserve.

    • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      I said it first.
      That is so weird. After looking at your name, I was thinking phuckyouall is a clown and nothing more. Let’s not give this waste of space anymore attention he doesn’t deserve.

      Then you said it!!!

  7. jonirocit - Jul 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Really ? Sticking up for this scumbag ? Hank Aaron and some of the brewers great and classy players are probably really proud to have such a fine young man out there representing their team. Brewers will fade away and be at home while the cards or pirates are in the post season because of the lack of discipline in the dugout . If im a brew crew fan and have watched how classy Prince handled the way he was treated at the all star game and how he has matured over the past year i would have be thinking its time to take the next step but this guy single handedly is showing that class isn’t contagious. This is not the NBA and I’m glad but if morons like this kid continue to act like this …in his home town …. It’s going to be an issue . Good luck Brewers but hopefully Prince , Braun , McGee and some of the other guys who get it will get ahold of this kid but I doubt it . You can’t fix stupid ask anyone in any place Milton Bradley has been.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Jul 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      right there with ya. I especially like what you said about it not being the NBA. I can’t agree more with what you’re implying there. Baseball is a game filled with respect on many levels (Arod’s incident where he walked across the mound comes to mind!). There will always be idiots in every sport, but this guy just keeps doing it everywhere he goes.

      • paperlions - Jul 23, 2011 at 11:56 AM

        Nice, a post about respect from “tigertigerwoodsyall”, a man filled with respect, that never cheated on his wife and never cusses or throws fits on the golf course.

        Baseball is a game filled with many levels of fake respect. The mound thing was stupid, most players (including pitchers) had never heard of such a thing….in addition, review of video showed that runners/hitters regularly cut across mound on their way back to the dugout, including Ichiro, who did it about a week after ARod did.

        These are just excuses to rip on people you don’t like personally, otherwise, you might evince a modicum of consistency when applying your morality.

    • JBerardi - Jul 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      Oh dear. Someone fetch the fainting couch and the smelling salts.

    • beltmerica - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      The last 30 years of the MLB have been nothing but guys cheating the game with roids, get off your high horse and take the stick out of your ass…

    • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      When was Hank Aaron a Brewer?

      • cerveceros82 - Jul 23, 2011 at 3:17 PM

        1975 and 1976… might be time to renew your subscription to google.

      • clydeserra - Jul 23, 2011 at 9:12 PM

        A real Brave, like Babe Ruth would be classy

  8. derpdederpdederp - Jul 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    based on the Brewers fans’ comments I guess he didn’t flip anyone off, but I would have no problem if he had. I understand its part of the game for fans to get on the visiting players’ cases but the amount of vulgarity and disgusting insults directed at other players is often much more than is warranted. flipping a few rowdy fans the bird is nothing compared to the filth those fans are constantly directing at the players

  9. bigtrav425 - Jul 23, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Ok lets say that he did flip off the fans………Who the F cares?!?!? im sick and f/n tired of all these people (aka the politically correct or people who have nothing else better to do then bitch about everything) blowing every little thing out of proportion! Taunting,verbally or physically go hand n hand with sports thats the bottom line,so if you cannot take it then please do us all a favor and do not watch it and refrain from commenting on every little thing under a damn microscope!

    • djpostl - Jul 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

      You’re a fucking moron. PC has nothing to do with it. The ballpark tends to have a ton of kids in it and they don’t need to be exposed to the bird or masturbatory gestures (and yeah, there kind of was one in there) from this dumbass hoodrat that can just stfu the and take the “abuse” for his millions of dollars.

      God knows any of us would take that in return for the money he gets playing a game.

      • Richard In Big D - Jul 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        This “dumbass hoodrat” grew up in a Canadian town of 50,000 people, and went to college in a town of 35,000. Don’t know how much “hood” you’ll find in either of those places. As for his “millions”, last year he got paid $426,000. You really should know what you’re talking about before you say it.

        As for the kids in the crowd, etc., yeah you might have a very small point. But if a kid knows what the finger is, it’s not likely going to scar him, and if he doesn’t, so what? Grow up!

      • clydeserra - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:22 AM

        dude, if kids don’t know what the finger is, they will within 2 years.

        the people in the stands are yelling profanities, like real words the kid can repeat.

        Calm down

      • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 24, 2011 at 7:08 AM

        And do you use that kind of language when explaining this to the kids?

  10. dbick - Jul 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    He didn’t flip them off. But even if he did, it always amuses me how fans (specifically in the outfield) love to berate players for 3 hours straight, then get enraged if the player reacts back to them. WHAT A SCUMBAG HOW DARE HE REACT AFTER WE INSULTED HIM FOR 3 HOURS STRAIGHT

    • johninpa - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      Agreed. I get tired of going to games (not just baseball, but football or hockey) and listening to beer soaked fans spout obscenities at their most hated visiting player, or umpire/official/coach. I’m sure parents attending with their kids would be glad to see some of these fans removed so the children don’t have to hear it, and I’m doubtful players would feel the need to “gesture” to the fans if they weren’t being harassed.

  11. dailyrev - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Agree with bigtrav, who cares? If the kid crossed a line, baseball has one of the oldest and truest justice systems in place to correct those who stray. In the case of a speedy pest like this guy, there are multiple options — I remember 20 or 30 years ago seeing a kid from some losing team get chippy on the field and when he got on base in his next AB, the opposing pitcher started throwing over to 1st, and the 1bman slapped the tag onto the kid’s head. They repeated this time and time again, throw–>slap to head–> maybe a muttered word or two. The beauty of such baseball justice is that most fans (including media, who are just paid fans) don’t even pick up on it. It is just done, and either the player gets the message and corrects himself or you have the kind of ugly rivalry that our media love.

    In any event, it was serious enough to get the HP Ump’s attention (he was seen at the Milw dugout after that half inning). What made me laugh is that the sensitivities of that idiotic SF color commentator (you know, the “grab some pine, meat” clown) were suddenly on display. Oh my, what arrogance on the part of this snotty kid Morgan!

    Guess it takes one to know one…

  12. clydeserra - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    two more things
    1) the writer you linked to is an idiot. He likes to make things into more than they are. (I partially blame him for some of the more idiotic things Dallas Braden said in the aftermath of the mound incident) He writes things for one of 2 reasons, talk about himself or create controversy.

    2) if this were a player with less baggage than Nyjer Morgan, it would have been ignored. Much like the aforementioned Pie incident.

  13. Reggie's Bush - Jul 23, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Personal story here:

    Nyjer Morgan was playing for Washington at the time, and I was at CitiField

    Our section kept chanting “Nyyyyyyyyyjer Morrrrgan Nyyyyyyyyyjer Morrrrgan Nyyyyyyyyyjer Morrrrgan” just like the Darrryllll chant it was really getting to him up to the point where he acknowledged us. He made a great running catch in the gap, turned to us and grabbed his crotch towards us.

    I thought it was fantastic. That’s part of the experience of going to the game in my opinion. We were all delighted and did one of those “Ohhhhhhhh!” moves, and proceeded to chant louder and more persistently.

    People take shit way too serious now-a-days, it is just a game you know? All this role model stuff is overstated; some people just want to play, make money and not be designated as a little kid’s hero. If you have issues with you’re kids looking up to the wrong athelete… well tough luck, they probably should be looking up to their parents instead.

  14. areyesrn - Jul 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    I dmit…I love this guy…wish he was on the Phillies

  15. Richard In Big D - Jul 23, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Several years ago in Arlington (2004, when we all thought we had reason to be cocky), I was in the left field stands with Boston in town. Manny was taking quite a beating from the crowd, with chants and hurled insults. This went on for 5 ot 6 innings, and after making a pretty good catch, Manny went back to his position for the next batter. The crowd was going pretty good on him when Manny, without looking back, wrapped his arm around himself, and proceeded to scratch his back with just his middle finger. Once somebody in the seats noticed and yelled something, Manny stopped, turned just his hed around, and flashed one of those miscevious Manny grins. Big laughs, and a good time was had by all! Interaction is a good thing! Can’t we just enjoy it as a part of the show? It’s not like Ty Cobb beating up a guy with no hands!

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