Sep 11, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) and Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) both are separated at home plate by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook (34) during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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Jose Fernandez lifts Miami past Atlanta, riles up Braves

Miami Herald

The last thing anybody expected Jose Fernandez to be doing after his last start of the season Wednesday was apologizing.

But that’s what the 21-year old Cuban-born right-hander was doing — almost profusely — after hot-dogging his trip around the bases after his first career home run, pitching seven innings of one-run ball and leading the Marlins to a 5-2 victory over the Braves in front of 25,111 at Marlins Park.

“I had a good year and it ends up like this on a day like today that is really important for all American people — it’s just something that’s not right and I’m embarrassed of,” said Fernandez, who drew the ire of his manager, teammates and the Braves after sending a Mike Minor pitch 393-feet into The Cleveland Bar in left field, flipping his bat and taking his time rounding the bases.

By the time he reached the plate, Braves catcher Brian McCann, an All-Star teammate, was waiting for him with a warning: “He told me, ‘Buddy, you can’t do that,’ ’’ Fernandez said. “[I said], ‘I know, man. The game got the best of me.’ ’’


Fernandez is a big deal, but what he did vs. Braves isn’t

Fernandez knew that he was being shut down after his Wednesday start, and so this was his Game 7.  And when he hit his first career home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, he stood at home plate and watched. Yep, the Braves didn’t like it.

As he circled the bases, he spit near Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who let him hear about it.  McCann was waiting for him at home plate, and pretty soon, both dugouts emptied with the two teams jawing at one another.

OK, Jose Fernandez messed up. In the heat of battle, the Braves responded.  Redmond got mad about it and said he understood why the Braves were ready to brawl. Fernandez apologized to McCann and Braves pitcher Mike Minor after the game. He apologized publicly too.

“I feel embarrassed,” he said.

And that ought to be that.

Live and learn.

MRI on Paul Maholm’s elbow shows no structural damage

CBS Sports

Braves left-hander Paul Maholm has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Padres because of a sore arm, but, as Dave O’Brien notes on Twitter, an MRI has revealed no structural damage in Maholm’s elbow. Maholm first experienced soreness following his start last Sunday against the Phillies and was slated for the MRI on Wednesday.


Evan Gattis Can Add “Hit Fan In The Dick With A Home Run” To Legend


So what if Jose Fernandez showboated a little? Maybe he was sticking up for the home crowd, one of whom got smacked in the dick with an Evan Gattis home run.

The legend grows.  [Editorial Note: Look closely as Gattis' shot take a "shot" on an lucky (or unlucky) fan! ]

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  • fireboss

    Dang Marlins that Fernandez kid is a time bomb. You should trade him now before he explodes, offer him to the Braves for Dan Uggla, Kameron Loe and assorted A ball players. PLEASE!

    Seriously, Fernandez is a stud and the misunderstanding with CJ was unfortunate but not a big thing like the pundits want it – almost beg for it – to be. He didn’t want this to be his last game, CJ ragged on him a bit and he took it the wrong way. CJ should have cooled it off when he went to the field between innings but didn’t. I really don;t blame Fernandez for watching his home run, he crushed it and it was his first so wow have a long look it may not happen again. Besides, Gattis took a long look at his too so evens are evens. This is a fine young man who has fun playing the game and we should celebrate that not dwell on a nonevent he and I suspect CJ both regret.

    • cheadrick

      I agree Fred. This stuff happens, especially with a young Cuban who don’t quite get the gist of how MLB traditions go. Turnabout was kind of fair play in all that though, and blame could be placed in a lot of places. I do think Fernandez was running his mouth a bit much, and as a young rookie probably needs to learn some humility. When you’re that young, all that pomp and fanfare can go to your head, but he’ll learn over time. His quotes after the game show a guy that was just emotional, pumped up, but understands that what he did could have been done differently. I didn’t see the same kinds of quotes from Braves.

      • Mike King

        CJ is just as wrong and sourced this. He is the one who was running his mouth out loud about Fernandez having a weak fastball, as he flied out to left no less. See that is my issue is where was McCann to run out of the dugout after CJ to tell him that is how people get hurt just like he did to Fernandez. I think the appropriate play should have been not gawk so much over the HR and next time drilled CJ in the ribs for running his mouth. So the spit around third, you had it coming.