(Nyjer Morgan's suspensions: reduced from 15 to 8 games by MLB. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom)
And so news broke earlier today that Nyjer Morgan's suspension(s) were reduced by MLB -- from 15 to 8 games. He's reportedly off the hook for the ball-throwing incident in Philadelphia; but punishment for all the dumb stuff he did after that holds up.
Adam Kilgore has some good quotes from Morgan over at Nationals Journal, like:
"Mainly, what I'm really happy about is that. I'm a fan player. When anybody says something about the fans, I get a little disappointed on that one. I'm fans first. I'm just glad to get all this [stuff] over. Now I can focus on doing what I do."
(Nyjer Morgan, via Nationals Journal, 9/16/2010)
If fans are first, does that make team second? Or is Nyjer Morgan second? Is Tony Plush third?
More from Kilgore, who notes that Morgan will be around this weekend in Philly, just not in the dugout or clubhouse during games:
Morgan will continue to travel with the Nationals and participate in pregame drills, such as batting practice. He must watch games from somewhere other than the dugout or the clubhouse.
So the only question remaining now is: Where will Nyjer Morgan watch the games from in Philadelphia this weekend? Will he go the Jim Riggleman route and watch the action from a suite high above Citizens Bank Park, or will Mr. Fans First sit in the cheap seats in right center field at Citizen's Bank Park to meet and greet his fans?