Forget football jokes. If I didn't know better, I'd say a beer-league softball game has broken out between the Nationals and Marlins - beverages included. Nyjer Morgan charged the mound after Chris Volstad threw behind him in the sixth inning, enacting payback for Morgan's home-plate collision last night. Morgan got one punch in on Volstad before he was clotheslined by Gaby Sanchez. Benches emptied, and Morgan came out taunting fans.
This incident, of course, follows Morgan throwing a ball into the stands in Philadelphia, for which he earned a seven-game suspension, two collisions at the plate with catchers and a yapping session with fans last night. Morgan has been struggling all year, and was already displeased with manager Jim Riggleman dropping him to eighth in the lineup. Now it stands to reason how much longer the Nationals will keep him. I'd wondered if non-tendering him would be a possibility after the season. But he might not last that long.
Morgan and Volstad were ejected in the sixth, and Doug Slaten was just tossed for throwing at Sanchez. What a crazy night in South Florida.