posted on October 12, 2011 01:00
Dar-ryl, Dar-ryl...Bel-four, Bel-four...Ny-jer, Nyjer
If Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke is kind enough to provide the entertainment, Busch Stadium will turn into a time machine...taking Cardinal fans back to the days of Busch Stadium II in the 1980's with Darryl Strawberry and/or The Arena in the 1990's with Ed Belfour.
Nyjer Morgan, get ready.
For as "nice" as St. Louis is, a few guys have come through town and caught hell...dating back to Garry Templeton's return after flipping the bird to the Busch Stadium crowd...to Howard Johnson...Keith Hernandez...Jeffrey Leonard...Rickey Henderson...Chris Osgood...Barry Bonds...and recently Brandon Phillips
But...these are the playoffs...and Morgan is disliked by Cardinal fans already. This is his first time back to St. Louis since his tossing of tobacco at Chris Carpenter a little more than a month ago. And, it's his first time back to St. Louis since this tweet...when he thought the Cardinals were done even after getting swept...and having Albert Pujols come after him as Morgan threw his tobacco at Carpenter (spelling and grammar left unedited):
"Where in first and I hope those crying birds injoy watching Tha Crew in the playoffs!!!Aaaaahhhhh!!!!"
"Alberta couldn't see Plush if she had her gloves on!!! Wat was she thinking running afta Plush!!! She never been n tha ring!!!"
Before going any further, just for the record, Albert Pujols could retire today and would be in Cooperstown in July of 2016.
Nyjer Morgan is a 31 year-old guy who's wandered around as a platoon guy in Pittsburgh, Washington, and Milwaukee.
If you go to Baseball-Reference.com, his career stats to date mimic those of Denard Span, Rajai Davis, and, I'm not making this up, a gentleman by the name of Buttercup Dickerson.
Buttercup Dickerson was born in 1858. He stood 5'6" and weighed 140 pounds. He finished off his career in 1885 with the now defunct Buffalo Bisons by hitting .048.
My guess is that if Buttercup were still around today, first off, he would tell people to sit down at Rams' games. And, secondly, he would be embarrassed to be associated with Nyjer Morgan.
Personally, I find Morgan quite amusing. I like the fact that a guy who has bounced around baseball doing little more than tweeting can add some spice to a series. Great storylines require villains. The 1987 NLCS, for example, had Jeffrey Leonard and his one-flap down routine.
But, Leonard was the MVP of that series...even in a losing cause.
Morgan has been so bad both offensively and defensively that Ron Roenicke may deny Cardinal fans of chanting Nyjer's name non-stop. Yes...T-Plush may be riding T-Pine.
Roenicke is debating starting Carlos Gomez or Mark Kotsay over Morgan.
Man, I hope he starts Morgan.
There hasn't been this much anticipation for a player's return to St. Louis in a playoff game since Chili Davis---not Jeffrey Leonard---called St. Louis a "cow town" while the Cardinals and Giants were playing in San Francisco in '87...and when they came back, Davis was greeted with constant cowbells (so much so that they were banned for the next night's Game Seven).
Rain and Roenicke could prevent Nyjer from getting the Dar-ryl and Bel-four treatment tonight.
But, inevitably, his time will come.
And, hopefully, it ends similarly to Belfour's meltdown in the 1993 playoffs.
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