August 29 Philadelphia Inquirer
“The fan at Citizens Bank Park who was hit in the head by a baseball that led to the suspension of Washington centerfielder Nyjer Morgan this week said he was shocked when it happened.
He said he was equally surprised to learn about Major League Baseball’s seven-game suspension of Morgan after officials determined the outfielder intentionally had thrown the ball into the bleachers.
The 37-year-old man from the Lansdale area said he wished to remain anonymous because he was not seeking publicity from the incident.
“I’m actually already really tired of the whole thing and would prefer to just walk away,” the fan said. “People just keep sending me articles with all kinds of different conflicting information. I’m really not looking for anything at all.”
The fan said he also was not looking when Morgan made the alleged throw after completing his warm-up tosses during the middle of the eighth inning of Washington’s 8-1 win over the Phillies on Aug. 21.
“I still have a slight lump and some mild pain,” he said. “I got hit in the left temple. . . . My head was turned, watching the outfield screen. I never saw it coming. . . . There was no play going on, and it was between innings, so it’s not something I really expected. I had no idea what had happened and was pretty dazed afterward.”
In addition to the seven-game suspension, Morgan was fined an undisclosed amount. He immediately appealed the suspension and has continued to play for the Nationals.
A baseball source said Morgan was suspended based on numerous complaints from fans attending the game and reports from security. The Phillies said no criminal charges were filed against Morgan.
The fan said he was seated nine rows behind the wall in left-center field, and he confirmed that several fans had been harassing Morgan.”
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