Jose Fernandez Hits Home Run, Gawks and Ignites Fire Under Atlanta Braves

Jose Fernandez

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The Miami Marlins haven’t had too much to cheer about this season. Well, they still don’t have much to cheer about except for the fact that their pitcher pulled a disrespectful act on Wednesday night. Jose Fernandez is that pitcher and what he did was a bit uncalled for, yet awesome at the same time.

Fernandez hit his first-career home run off the Atlanta Braves and watched the ball fly. Chris Johnson, the Braves’ third basemen, took offense to this move and jawed at the rookie pitcher while he was rounding the bases, and when Fernandez got to third base, well, he spit on the bag. A disrespectful move from the young star.

Check out the video here:

Earlier in the game, actually the top half of the same inning that Fernandez hit his home run, Evan Gattis hit a blast into the left-field seats and watched his home run fly for a second or two. Fernandez took exception to this.

It’s not certain whether he gazed at his long-ball in the bottom of the inning for the simple fact that Gattis did, but Johnson did not like what Fernandez did. Catcher Brian McCann confronted the young player at home plate to try and cool him off and Johnson ran in from third base, hid behind the umpire, talked trash to Fernandez and the benches cleared — no punches were thrown.

The best part about this whole thing? The Braves are 30-plus games ahead of the Marlins in the NL East. The next day in Miami, no one remembered there was even a game.

Stand-up job by Fernandez owning up to his poor decision after the game and apologizing. Smart move from the young guy.

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