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07:22 AM ET 09.12 | Miami rookie sensation Jose Fernandez wound up a winner and a loser on Wednesday night, when he earned his 12th win and the ire of the Braves. The last thing anybody expected [Fernandez] to be doing after his last start of the season Wednesday was apologizing. But that's what the 21-year old Cuban-born right-hander was doing -- almost profusely -- after hot-dogging his trip around the bases after his first career home run. ... "I had a good year and it ends up like this on a day like today that is really important for all American people -- it's just something that's not right and I'm embarrassed of," said Fernandez, who drew the ire of his manager, teammates and the Braves after sending a Mike Minor pitch 393-feet into The Cleveland Bar in left field.

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September 12, 2013  08:17 AM ET

Hardly ruined his night. A bat flip and a stare? Big deal. The benches cleared for this? I guess no winning team likes losing to the Marlins

September 12, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Hey - the kid realized what he did, and apologized for it..... come on.... everybody is offended....

The only thing he did was be a rookie and do it.... have you seen Ortiz? And a host of others? Absolutely.... give it a rest....

September 12, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Did nothing wrong except maybe celebrate a little too much. Braves over-reacted like the bully at recess.

September 12, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Did nothing wrong except maybe celebrate a little too much. Braves over-reacted like the bully at recess.

Good point and let us review what the Braves did before Fernandez's HR. I didn't see the game, but some baseball announcers said that Fernandez did "nothing" wrong, as the Braves started it earlier in the game.

September 12, 2013  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Did nothing wrong except maybe celebrate a little too much. Braves over-reacted like the bully at recess.

Exactly.

September 12, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hey - the kid realized what he did, and apologized for it..... come on.... everybody is offended....The only thing he did was be a rookie and do it.... have you seen Ortiz? And a host of others? Absolutely.... give it a rest....

I guess you can draw the line on the ferocity of the bat flip. Was it a quick flip or was he at second base when it came down? Either way, the bat probably didnt like it and has every right to be offended. What, with hitters using them to pummel baseballs and all. Has anyone ever considered the bats feelings? Its like North Korean style slavery.

September 12, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hardly ruined his night. A bat flip and a stare? Big deal. The benches cleared for this? I guess no winning team likes losing to the Marlins

Did you miss when he spit on third base on his way by? He and Johnson had previously exchanged words....

I'll give the kid credit. He took his tongue lashing from McCann and then apologized.
Love watching that kid pitch. He has a great future.

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September 12, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't think he had anything to apologize for. Gattis upstaged him on his home run, and he upstaged the Braves on his own. And Johnson actually spit first, if you watch the video. That's baseball folks.

Exactly.. It was his first career home run.. I would have watched it go as well.. Braves just come across as whiny when you watch the video...

September 12, 2013  01:10 PM ET

The Braves throw at everybody, they will get their's!!!!! Miami has nothing to lose!!!!!!!!!!

September 12, 2013  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Did you miss when he spit on third base on his way by? He and Johnson had previously exchanged words....I'll give the kid credit. He took his tongue lashing from McCann and then apologized. Love watching that kid pitch. He has a great future.

I heard that McCann got a couple of ice cubes and cold cocked him.

September 12, 2013  02:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't think he had anything to apologize for. Gattis upstaged him on his home run, and he upstaged the Braves on his own. And Johnson actually spit first, if you watch the video. That's baseball folks.

He realized what he did is wrong. That is why he profusely apologized. He will still need to wear one next year for his actions. That is baseball.

September 13, 2013  12:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He realized what he did is wrong. That is why he profusely apologized. He will still need to wear one next year for his actions. That is baseball.

*almost profusely.

September 13, 2013  03:36 AM ET

He didnt ruin his night, he merely learned an important baseball lesson.

September 13, 2013  03:37 AM ET

Fernandez is awesome, by the way.

 
September 13, 2013  09:03 PM ET

I didn't understand the bench clearing. It wasn't as if McCann was threatening Fernandez physically.

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