Morgan tangles with fan on foul ball

Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan downplayed a brief tussle with a fan during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s badly-needed win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Morgan chased a foul fly ball down the right field line in the ninth and tangled arms with a fan in the front row. Morgan pushed away, then had some words with the fan before umpire Marty Foster urged him to return to his position.

Here’s video of the play from the Brewers broadcast.

“It’s just one of those things where we were tangled up; I could have made a play on the ball,” Morgan said. “I just gave him a little, ‘Get off me,’ because he was all on my arm and everything.  Nothing major, but everybody might blow it up a little differently.”

Morgan said the fan had some choice words for him after the non-play, and Morgan responded. That brought other Reds fans in the same section of seats into the discussion.

Both Morgan and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the fan did his job, disrupting an opponent from making a catch.

“That’s what the home fans are supposed to do, try to take the ball from the opposing team when the ball is in the stands,” Morgan said. “It’s fair game once the ball is in the stands.”

He added: “It was nothing major. … I’m a fan, too. I would have done the same thing.”

The interaction capped an interesting day for Morgan, whose misread of a fly ball in the third inning contributed to one of the two earned runs against Brewers starter Zack Greinke. In the seventh, Morgan couldn’t get to a low and away pitch on a suicide squeeze play, leaving Cody Ransom out between third base and home.

“I just couldn’t get to the ball because the ball was scraping the dirt,” Morgan said.

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