Seattle Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison won’t soon forget the temper tantrum he threw during Sunday’s win over the Texas Rangers. And if he does, all he has to do is look in the mirror.
After popping out in the fifth inning to complete his third hitless at-bat of the day, the frustrated 26-year-old slammed his bat against the dugout wall, shattering it and sending shards of wood everywhere.
One of those shards flew right up and nailed Morrison above his left eye, leaving him with a gash that required five stitches to close and a large helping of embarrassment.
“Obviously, I acted like a 3-year-old,” Morrison said after the game, via The Seattle Times. “I apologized to my teammates. I’m about to go apologize to (manager Lloyd McClendon). I can’t do that. I didn’t want to come out of the game. They saw me gushing blood from my eyebrow and they took me out. I’m embarrassed. No matter how bad I’m playing, I can’t do that.
“I usually don’t snap,” he added. “I usually don’t play this bad, either. But I usually don’t snap.”
Mariners backup catcher John Buck, who had never played first base in a major league game, took over for Morrison in the field.
Seattle came away with a 5-1 win in the American League West tilt, thanks to a 4-for-4, three-RBI performance from third baseman Kyle Seager.