Tag:Nyjer Morgan
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:10 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:16 pm
 

Nyjer Morgan practices with Sharks (video)

By: Adam Gretz

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan, originally a hockey player before focussing on baseball, had an opportunity to take part in a practice with San Jose Sharks, his favorite team as a child, on Wednesday afternoon. During the session he was able to try a couple of breakaway attempts against Sharks backup goalie Thomas Greiss, scoring on one of them. Though, when you see the video it's pretty obvious that Griess kind of gave it to him.

Here's a look at at his day on the ice, as well as some reactions from he and the Sharks.



As we pointed out on Monday, before he was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2002 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates he spent some time in the Western Hockey League playing for the Regina Pats.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:55 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 12:01 am
 

Nyjer Morgan to practice with Sharks

MorganBy: Adam Gretz

If you've ever watched a baseball game involving Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan it's a good bet that you've heard an announcer make some sort of remark about his days as a hockey player. If you haven't? Pay attention the next time you do watch a game he's involved in, because it's sure to come up.

Before he was causing the kind of chaos that only he can provide as a Major League outfielder, he was a hockey player in the Canadian junior leagues during the 1999-00 season, playing seven games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.

So he knows his way around the rink a little bit.

Now he's going to have an opportunity to show what he can do against the best players in the world as he will practice with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday morning.

Morgan, who was born in San Francisco, said in a statement that he followed the Sharks from the time the team arrived in San Jose back in 1991, and also added "I will never forget the George Kingston and Patty Falloon days. I'm not sure the guys are ready for me!"

Well, at least he knows the team history, making reference to the Sharks first coach, Kingston, and perhaps most well-known player in those dark early years (Falloon).

After Morgan stopped playing hockey and focussed on baseball full-time he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He's since spent time with the Pirates, Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers over parts of five, let's say ... polarizing seasons. You probably love his Wild antics if he plays for your team, but if he's playing for somebody else? Not so much.

Given his approach to baseball it's probably fair to assume that he would have fit in quite well as an agitator in the Matt Cooke, Sean Avery, Jarkko Ruutu mold had he continued to pursue a career in hockey. He did, after all, record 20 penalty minutes in his seven games with the Pats.

Photo: Getty Images

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