MILWAUKEE -- Nyjer Morgan entered Thursday night's game leading the Brewers in batting average and comedic timing.
Morgan boosted his average to .343 with a game-winning hit on Wednesday, but it was his postgame performance that made the Internet rounds Thursday morning. Morgan's high-energy chat with FS Wisconsin
included an oblique reference to Tony Plush, his on-field alter ego, an explanation -- sort of -- for his tribute to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, plus the same stunning admission he offered to reporters moments later: Morgan didn't know it was the bottom of the ninth inning when he delivered his decisive double.
Then he promised to "bring the pain again" on Thursday and declared, "I gotta go." With that, he sprinted away from the camera.
Some of Morgan's teammates -- plus Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a pregame visitor -- laughed their way through Morgan's performance at a clubhouse computer on Thursday afternoon.
"How can you not laugh at him?" third baseman Casey McGehee said. "You look at him, and he's just a ball of energy. Even if you look at last night, he didn't say anything bad, it's just funny and it's really not an act, it's just him. You never know what's coming out of that guy's mouth. He's entertaining, for sure."
"He's a character," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's just out there, playing hard, running around, and sometimes maybe he isn't paying attention. ... We've got some personality on this team, and he's definitely one of them. He's a spark in [the clubhouse] and a spark out there in the field."