This video will probably be taken down soon, so let's get it up there really quickly. Here's Nyjer Morgan dropping a fly ball yesterday, then throwing his glove in frustration even though the ball was still in play.
Naturally, Baltimore's Adam Jones got an inside the park home run on this play (the second one this week against the Nats, by the way). Morgan stayed in the game and started this afternoon's game.
When asked why Morgan wasn't benched, manager Jim Riggleman had this to say.
"My first instinct was to take him out of the ballgame, and then I realized, you know what, he thinks the ball went over the fence. He thought that he knocked it over the fence and it's a home run so he's showing frustration. That doesn't excuse it, and I don't want it to be perceived as an excuse but it explains it."
It's not an excuse, but it's an explanation. I wish I could use that line whenever I get into an argument. Look, I know I left the beer stain on the carpet, but I figured you liked the smell of beer. I don't want that to be perceived as an excuse, but it explains it.