The Cardinals Haven’t Seen the Last of Nyjer Morgan
Did you see what took place yesterday at Busch Stadium? Simply unreal, people. You know…here’s my problem with things like this. These altercations always involve the St Louis Cardinals. Remember last year when the Cincinnati Reds got in that huge rumble behind home plate? Same scenario different team, right? The Reds were in position to win the division and here come the Cardinals. Brandon Phillips made some snarky remark in the clubhouse to some reporters and the next day Phillips tries to be friendly with Yadier Molina. Molina wasn’t having it and BOOM! The fight was on. The worst part about that whole brawl was that St Louis Cardinals catcher, Jason LaRue, was kicked in the head by Johnny Cueto ending his career in baseball.
Nyjer Morgan has some history with the Cardinals as well. Remember when Morgan was playing with the Washington Nationals and the Cardinals were getting blown out 14-5? Morgan came home and trucked their catcher to try to score another run? The Cardinals protested saying that because the lead was so great why do something like that? I kind of side with the Cardinals on that one…but then again, they act like spoiled brats when things don’t go their way. Agreed?
Now this whole thing last night started when Nyjer Morgan got K’ed by Chris Carpenter on a high fast ball and according to Morgan, Carpenter starts cussing at him. Or something like that. Morgan stares him down and then here comes Albert Pujols tramping towards Morgan. Those two have words and then Prince Fielder drags Morgan into the Brewers dugout. After that, the umpires decide to eject Morgan. He’s yelling at the umpires from the dugout and everyone has something to say after that:
“I didn’t know anything was going on until I heard Albert,” he said. “I’m not
concerned about it to be honest with you. … I’m not going to play his game.
There’s a certain way to compete and a certain way not to compete. [Morgan]
competes hard but he does it in a different manner, which is unfortunate because
it takes away from what kind of player he is. He is a really good player.” -Chris Carpenter
“I actually like that guy,” Pujols said. “I don’t mind having a guy like that on
my team. He brings a lot of energy to the ballclub, and you want to have a guy
like that. But sometimes I think he goes [a little overboard] and tries to put
too much energy. I remember when he came up with Pittsburgh, the guy just played
the game, played hard all the time, never talks. And now you wonder why he’s
been on three different ballclubs the last year and a half, you know?” -Albert Pujols
“He’s having a good year for them, he’s a talented guy, but he’s close to the
edge as far as creating problems and trouble,” La Russa said. “It takes away
from the player that he’s been for them or wherever he’s been with his fuse
being so short and actually looking for things to instigate. So, I hope he gets
“And he probably is going to get upset, or somebody will, that I gave advice,
but it’s the truth. It’s the truth. He could be the player he is without
instigating.” - Tony La Russa
“[Carpenter] was battling there, I was battling, too. He felt like he had to say
something,” Morgan said. “If he feels like he has to say something, let him say
it, but then as soon as he said it, he turns his back and walks away. It’s
whatever. We’re still in first place. Believe it.” -Nyjer Morgan
I hope that Nyjer Morgan didn’t put his foot in his mouth with that last quote. Honestly. There are 26 games left to be played and a lot can happen in 26 games. Especially for a club that is only 8.5 games ahead in the division. I want to see the Brewers win the division so bad. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to see the Cardinals in the playoffs this year at all. Trust me. I’m just sayin` is all.