Morgan on his mad dash home
Nyjer Morgan said the stop sign he ran through Wednesday night on the way to scoring the winning run was not a stop sign at all. Morgan said it was really a “deke” for the Dodgers.
But, there’s a very good chance that Morgan was just trying to “deke” reporters. It’s a tangled web these Brewers weave.
“Never underestimate the sneakiness, guys,” Morgan said with a laugh.
Here are the facts: Morgan entered Wednesday’s game as a pinch-runner, with the teams tied at 2 in the 10th inning. He picked a perfect spot to steal second base when Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier twirled a curveball to the plate, and Morgan took third when catcher A.J. Ellis’ throw sailed into center field.
A pair of walks loaded the bases before Ryan Braun hit a high pop-up to Matt Kemp in very shallow center field. Brewers third base coach Ed Sedar, positioned down the line by design, so he had more time to read Kemp’s catch, threw up the stop sign. Morgan went anyway.
Manager Ron Roenicke planned to talk it over with Morgan before Thursday’s series finale with the Dodgers. He was by no means upset with the player; Roenicke just wanted to hear the thought process for taking such a bold risk.
“Sometimes you want a player to instinctually do things that he sees,” Roenicke said. “And even when it doesn’t work out, we have to be OK with that. … If Nyjer took off and went because he says he saw Kemp catch that ball flat-footed, I’m fine with it.”
That is indeed what Morgan told reporters prompted his decision to go. Asked whether he saw Sedar’s stop sign, Morgan said, “I’m going to say the head was down. I had my head down and just figured, ‘Let’s go for it.’”
Morgan was back in the starting lineup Thursday, looking to build on his dash home. He carried a .125 batting average into the game.
“Gosh, it felt good,” he said. “It was just something, a little something to help me out a little bit.”
Of his slow start, he said, “I’ve got the funks. It’s just part of baseball. I guess my funk last year was my April, too, when I battled through all of those injuries. My character is getting tested right now but I’m still the same person, even though things stink. For sure, I know Dr. Freeze ain’t going to stay around too much longer.”
Here’s the full Brewers lineup:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Nyjer Morgan RF
Ryan Braun LF
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Corey Hart RF
George Kottaras C
Alex Gonzalez SS
Travis Ishikawa 1B
Randy Wolf LHP
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