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Genuinely curious, why was Johnson yelling at Fernandez when Johnson grounded out prior to the HR? I agree that it's a tense situation, I'm wondering why Johnson was hot BEFORE the situation even went down. I can't see why he would be so frustrated by the freakin Marlins at this point in the season.
Johnson shouldn't have lost his s*** like that, but blaming him for the confrontation seems strange to me. Fernandez semi-douches it up all night, super douches it up on the homer, spits nears Johnson on the trot, makes hand gestures to his dugout, and then starts bucking when McCann tries to calmly give him the "that's a good way to get one in the ear" speech. Somehow that's Johnson escalating things? Eye of the beholder, I guess.
Re 2 and 3: This, so much. Look, fellas, you make more money in a year than the average fan will see in his/her entire life. Try acting like a professional, or at least a grown-up.
I am disappointed by the lack of Rickey in this thread.
I think Johnson was rushing in because at that point there were two Marlins (Fernandez and the on deck hitter) and just one Brave.
What I found hilarious is that you see Johnson rushing in to the scrum...to run past the Marlins and go directly behind the umpire.
That's a pretty ##### move, in my book. If you want to act tough, then don't run behind mommy and try to act tough.
That's the way he plays the game. It's not like he's showing anyone up, he's having fun.
Usually, yes, but that's not all that happened in this game. Right before he hit the homer, for example, he had a prolonged temper tantrum in the dugout. There's a reason his team chewed him out after the game.
“[McCann] told me, ‘Buddy, you can’t do that.’ I was like, ‘I know, I’m sorry. The game got the best of me.’ I was walking away already. He was talking to me as a friend. I was would say as a dad teaching a kid. That’s how it felt. I don’t think it was fight kind of stuff.”
This is the way you give an apology.
Hey Atlanta, if you're getting into brawls into with every team in the league, it might be you that has the problem.
So wait, is Johnson now a ##### because he didn't care enough to blindside tackle Fernandez while no one else was even fighting? I thought he was a ##### because he was even bothered at all? Just want to make sure we groupthink condemn him for exactly the right reason.
If you keep this stuff up, the baseball karma gods might decide to shatter another jaw
My view: I've never heard hometeam announcers trash a player like I heard the Braves' announcers trash Chris Johnson a couple months after another incident in which he lost his temper. Without mincing words they called him juvenile and said he often flies off the handle without provocation. There was actual disgust in Joe Simpson's voice. Hearing that from people who spend a lot more time watching than I do was pretty informative.
It's not the lack of physical violence, or the gesturing that makes him a #####. It's the fact that he went out of his way to make sure that the umpire was between him and the opposition before he started gesturing/mouthing off. He had to make sure that no one could retaliate before he started acting tough.
If Johnson simply walked in an started yelling/gesturing at them without the protection of the umpire, I wouldn't have called him out on him acting like a #####.
37. Simpson lost a lot of credit with Braves fans during the WC mess last year. I'm not excusing the behavior at the field, but his response was to do nothing but talk about how disgusted he was with the fans and how their behavior was inexcusable. He may even have been right, but darned if I want to here it from him. The whole world was going to say those things, who's going to have the fans back, even a little bit, if not him?
Meanwhile, the Marlins broadcast was pretty even-handed. Actually impressively neutral. They basically said: "Fernandez was acting like an immature kid, and probably deserved a talking-to, which it seems like McCann was delivering just fine. But then this Johnson guy escalated. Plenty of blame to go around."
Apart from the other stuff people have already said...
Spitting makes some people lose their minds. Don't spit - it's like fist fight in a can.
If you don't want the pitcher to stand and admire his home run, then don't give up a home run to the pitcher.
48: Where? I didn't see this nor did my twitter feed (which includes no Braves stuff, though I'm an Atlanta fan, albeit a dispassionate one) mention that - just that Johnson (a hothead) jabbered. Not doubting you, just unaware.
Watch the linked video, and at 2:28 (and 2:50) you can see him run right past Fernandez's left shoudler, and then position himself directly behind the umpire.
He could have stopped right beside Fernandez and said something, but he didn't..he kept going until he was behind the ump.
He even takes a couple of shuffle steps to make sure the ump is between him and the other Marlins.
This thread needs more Fremen.
I'm sorry, but who is Chris Johnson?
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