After the last out of the ball game last night, Chris Johnson threw his helmet to the ground in the dugout and the helmet bounced up and hit first base coach, Terry Pendleton. When both were heading back to the clubhouse in the dugout, Pendleton grabbed Johnson and looked like had a few choice words for him.
This morning Johnson went to the field with an apology in mind.
Chris Johnson and Terry Pendleton apologized to each other this morning. CJ said TP has been on him all year about throwing his helmet.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 29, 2013
Supposedly Johnson spoke with media after they talked this morning and said everything was good.
When asked about his emotions getting the best of him, Johnson responded with, ”hey, I’m a nut job sometimes.”
I think the clubhouse is a massive brotherhood that isn’t afraid to show emotion to one-another. They have each others backs and will let the other know if something bothered them.
Don’t look into this altercation too much, I think it’s behind both of them and hopefully Johnson learned a lesson.
“There’s no question, it would have been a non-issue if not caught on TV,” Manager Fredi Gonzalez said of incident. ”Happens all the time in our sport.”
Also, after that slide into first base Johnson is nursing a jammed right shoulder and is not in the lineup for the final game of the season. Hopefully this won’t linger and we will have Brian McCann and Johnson back for the playoffs.
#Braves Fredi G: “Chris is not playing today, but not because of the incident last night. I want to say that emphatically.”
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) September 29, 2013