Video: Nyjer Morgan Temper Tantrum Results in Adam Jones Home Run
Here's the situation: Orioles vs. Nationals, top of the fourth inning, game tied, 2-2, and Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones is at the plate. Jones drives a Craig Stammen pitch to deep center field, sending Washington's Nyjer Morgan back to the wall. Morgan leaps in an effort to make the catch, and as he crashes into the wall, has the ball pop out of his glove. Instead of picking it up and getting it back into the infield as quickly as possible, Morgan instead decided to spike his glove in anger, while stomping away from the ball.
Left fielder Josh Willingham ended up having to sprint across the outfield to continue the play, all while Jones was working on an inside-the-park home run (his fifth homer of the season), giving the Orioles a 4-2 lead.
You can see a video of the play by clicking right here.
Good news! Washington was able to come back and win, 7-6, saving Morgan even more embarrassment (imagine how much worse this would have been had the Nationals lost by one run?). So what, exactly, was Morgan thinking? Via the AP: "I went back for the ball, leaped up and I thought the ball went over the fence," Morgan said. "I guess it didn't, and it was standing right there. ... My emotions got to me there, because I knew I should have had the ball."
Morgan was not given an error on the play, but did commit his fourth of the season earlier in the game. He's hitting .259 with a .343 on-base percentage in 42 games with the Nationals this year.