(Nyjer Morgan incited a brawl and got his butt kicked by the Marlins - and his life saved by Pat Listach -- but still celebrated as he walked off the field on Wednesday night. Screengrabs of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
"I'm a hard player. It's just going out there and playing the game. ... I'm just sticking up for myself - and defending my teammates. ...I'm a hard-nosed player. I'm grimy. ...I'm a hard-nosed player ...."
(Nyjer Morgan, via MASN, 9/1/2010)
Forget firing Rob Dibble, who is was the color guy on TV/MASN, and certainly said some really dumb things in his time on air (both on and off the MASN payroll), but still didn't do anything on the surface to warrant a firing (unless those no-shows on Saturday and Sunday count):
If Mike Rizzo and Stan Kasten really care about character -- and that's kind of what has been suggested in the past when discussing the "aura" of certain players and inexplicably releasing Elijah Dukes during Spring Training, and shit-canning the former GM who will not be named here (yeah, yeah, yeah, he "resigned", *wink* *wink* we know) -- then Nyjer Morgan needs to be released immediately. Let him go. Make a statement.
Nyjer Morgan not only embarrassed the Nationals (again) tonight by charging the mound when the Marlins threw behind him, but he put his teammates -- many of whom, unlike Nyjer Morgan, will be important pieces on this team in the future -- in harms way. Nyjer took his medicine in the fourth inning, trotting down to first base after getting hit by a pitch - but then spit it back in the face of the Marlins by immediately stealing two bases down 14-3.
Fire Nyjer Morgan.
Here's the pitch that launched a thousand hits:
(Screengrab by Nationals Enquirer staff.)