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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nyjer Morgan, S.F. Native, Triggers Massive Baseball Brawl (Video)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Nyjer Morgan does San Francisco proud...
  • Nyjer Morgan does San Francisco proud...
Whatever you accuse Nyjer Morgan of, you can't say he's boring. He was born in San Francisco, followed a childhood craze for hockey (!) into a career as a young minor-leaguer in backwoods Canadian towns, and, finally, cracked a Major League Baseball roster in 2007. Now he's cracked something else, last night triggering one of the most violent baseball brawls in recent memory -- and getting the worst of it.

After a pitch from the Florida Marlins' Chris Volstad sailed well behind Morgan's back, he charged the mound, landed a glancing blow across the pitcher's cheek, and was then absolutely hammered from the blindside by a flying clothesline from Florida first baseman Gaby Sanchez. Fightin' and a-cussin' between the Marlins and Washington Nationals ensued. To top it off, Morgan probably didn't make any friends at the league office by behaving like a professional wrestler as he left the field.

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Morgan. He's currently appealing a seven-game suspension for an August incident in which he deliberately beaned a fan with a thrown ball. He was later admonished by Nats manager Jim Riggleman as "unprofessional" after he collided with St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson -- and missed home plate. "He went after the catcher," said the manager. "So I certainly don't condone that, but we've all made mistakes. I think that's not Nyjer's style of play to do something like that. That's totally uncharacteristic."

One day before yesterday's brawl, Morgan separated Marlins catcher Brett Hayes' shoulder during a 10th-inning collision at the plate.

In any event, way to represent the hometown, sir. Opposing pitchers will think twice before throwing behind a San Franciscan in the future. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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