Twitter poll: Who was wrong in brawl between Nats vs. Fish?
About 20 minutes after the Nationals and Marlins found themselves in a brawl on Wednesday night, I asked my twitter followers this question: Who do you think was at fault when it comes to the brawl between the Nats and Marlins? Nyjer Morgan or Chris Volstad? Why? Here’s what the followers had to say.
@eenyy820: Tough to say. On one hand, the Fish were up 15-5 and Volstad threw behind him. On the other hand, Morgan gotten negative publicity and charged the mound
@khillock: Morgan! He should expect retaliation for the nonsense he’s been pulling. He looks like he’s searching for trouble.
@DCyetti: I agree RT @Section222 Olsen is at fault. If the game wasn’t a blowout, Marlins wouldn’t have thrown at Nyjer a second time.
@tradepolicyguy: Volstad for throwing behind Morgan. No reason to escalate it
@junebugskippin: It takes two to tango
@cheist: Volstadt…No question. Nyjer had already been hit once
@TheNatsBlog: Nyjer Morgan. Walk away
@ShakyKnee: Volstad and the Marlins. Bean him once ok, but he never broke a rule. Played the game hard in my mind.
@tommyalanson: Come on, it’s Nyjer. I’m glad that clown got clothes lined. He knew they’d be going after him after that bad hit on their catcher.
@CapitolBaseball: Nyjer. Way too many incidents in the last two weeks to justify that behavior. But realistically, both share some responsibility.
@TheRealAdamGee: Nyjer Morgan is at fault. He didn’t need to go and steal those two bases.
@TheNinerInsider: Nyjer Morgan. He’s pushing everybody’s buttons lately.
@thebrowncoat: You don’t throw behind a guy, but Nyjer was asking for it. Stealing those bases — you knew it was coming.
@jpminter: Volstad shouldn’t have thrown at him the second time.
@TigersScorecard: Morgan for sure. You’re running into catchers on purpose, you better expect a pitch behind you. This is baseball. Keep your cool.
@UnkleWheez: Nyjer, He stole bases after being hit and just doesn’t get it.
@szul: Both. But Morgan’s going to get the bulk of the blame from the press.
@M_OMalley: Volstad. You can’t spend the entire game wrapped up in retaliation. You have to let things roll off your back once in a while.
@CraigMac: Both. Nyjer has an attitude problem and needs anger management. Volstad needs to follow the code — once he is hit, it’s over.
@kevin_reiss: Volstad shouldn’t have thrown behind Nyjer, especially after hitting him earlier. But Nyjer set himself up for this.
@natsnq: Volstad already plugged Nyjer.Why do it twice except to do it with malice? Nyjer should have socked him harder in the head.
@SodaPop6548: Volstad hit three batters tonight. If Morgan had gotten hit just once it wouldn’t have happened. The Marlins instigated it.
@KimCinAZ: Morgan because he’s brought this on this series.
@welovedcsports: I gotta say both. Nyjer brought it on by stealing second and third, but Volstad threw behind him. Twice in one game? Seems a bit much.
@Bill_Busch: Morgan at fault. Stealing the bases down 11 was bush league.
@dvillavicencio6: Morgan has been looking for a fight for about a week now.
@bart__davis: Both. Stupid baseball bravado.
@RealMurphy: They had both had the opportunity to act like men, but they both chose to act like selfish children.
@AJGibbs: Riggleman is the one to blame. Control your center fielder. Stealing bases down by 10 runs. He put his teammates in danger tonight.
@rolmeda: If you’re manager had acted instead of coddling/excusing bully Nyjer, none of it would have happened
@nat_meg: Volstad’s for sure. The message only needed to be sent once, and he did that by plunking Nyjer in the ribs. Should Nyjer have retaliated? Absolutely not. In some ways, they both deserved it, but the fault is Volstad’s for enabling.