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Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan is a polarizing figure. Not in a love-him-or-hate-him kind of way, mind you. More of a hate-him-or-try-to-ignore-him kind of way.

Depending on your bent, what follows may make you hate Morgan even more, or kinda, sorta start to admire him. Nyjer Morgan really, really likes his new kitten:

(h/t Craig Calcaterra)

For me, I’m powerfully conflicted. On the one hand, I find Nyjer Morgan to be almost wholly insufferable. His antics are at once lame, hacky, and obnoxious. I don’t find him to be a particularly compelling baseball player either, and certainly not one good enough to excuse the kind of crap he pulls.

On the other hand.

Wookatdatwittlekitten! A man who loves cats – nay, a man who loves cats enough to appear in a PETA video in support of cat adoption is a man I can cheer for. I’ve made my cat love no secret – yes, I’m a younger, slightly more masculine version of the crazy cat lady – so I’m on board with all of that.

So, what am I to do? I’m going to try to keep on disliking him. But it will be difficult.

Someone get Matt Garza to appear in one of these things stat so that I can re-shift my focus. Speaking of Garza and cats, we now have an official cat’s pajamas image to commemorate Garza’s favorite affectionate expression:

Thanks to BN’er Terry for the picture, which he took himself. Yes. It’s a real book cover.

  • TWC

    Anytime I hear someone profess their love for a cat, I take it as a personal affront.

    • Ol’CharlieBrown

      I could not agree more, TWC.

      Nyjer Morgan is just flat out annoying. I can’t stand that cat. I’m a dog man myself.

  • Dave

    Anybody have Morgan’s cellphone number? We can text him cat facts! Hell, we can do the same thing to Brett!

    (Yes, I am a child at times)

  • Bric

    Brett, did you post this one because I earlier today referred to Nyjer Morgan as a headcase? Whether it was planned or not, this just reaffirms my conviction that he is. Everybody knows that if you want to garner support for PETA then you’d better appear with a dog.

    • Dave

      Cats are unsympathetic creatures. They’re actually kinda jerks. But kittens are soooooo cute.

  • ferrets_bueller

    Cat facts=epic troll.

  • hansman1982

    yes, I’m a younger version of the crazy cat lady

    there ya go Brett, just helping you out before the grammar and fact-a-nazi’s come a patrolling.

  • hansman1982

    What is the woman cat looking at? I bet she “ran into a frying pan” when the hubby cat saw the proofs of this picture

    • CubFan Paul

      They look kind of scared and awkward because of kitty porn camera man lurking

      • hansman1982

        I smell a tinge of desperation and regret…while they may be able to make next month’s house payment, the shame of that afternoon will linger forever…

    • Another Eric

      “Nevermind, honey, you won’t need pajamas…”

  • JoeSchmoe

    So Nyjer Morgan had no one else in his home and went out and got a cat. *insert single middle-aged man with a bunch cats joke here*. Of course, the normal thing to do is go and make a video with PETA and put it on the internet.

  • Dougy D

    I just heard that Garza is not in fact the “cat’s pajamas,” but his pajamas are actually made out of cats. Sorry Brett.

  • Spencer

    This is the most ridiculous thing ever.

    • Spencer

      “Slick Willy.”

      I thought that was Ryan Braun’s nickname? Maybe that’s just for the ladies of Milwaukee.

      • DocWimsey

        That might less true now, if many people’s suspicious are correct! :-)

    • King Jeff

      What were you expecting when Brett put up a Nyjer Morgan cat post?

  • Jschroeder

    I wonder what the cats alter ego is, C Fluff?

  • Steve

    I must say, those PETA people are NUT BAGS. They protested at a flyfishing expo here in Ga. “Fish have feelings” was their war cry. Needless to say the cops were summonded and people were emotionally offended.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    Nyjer Morgan can play for my team anyday. We need more heart on this team. Anybody who will go at that idiot Pujols is a winner in my book.

    • DocWimsey

      The heck with “heart.” What this team needs is OBP: and although Morgan’s not great, he’s better than what the Cubs usually put out there.

      • hogie

        Come on Doc! With all of the stats and analysis you usually throw out there, you are advocating Morgan’s OBP! Sadly you are correct, it is better than most of the roster, but he has a horrible rate of succesful steals (a favorite stat of yours). Take away his steals and he is Ryan Theriot with a big mouth.

        • Jay Anderson Jr

          You talking the same Ryan Theriot that helped us win a couple decision title, hitting at the top of our order. I’ll tale it.

          • TWC

            Just because he was on the team that won the division doesn’t mean his help was critical to the outcome.  At his best — at his best – he was average, and only for a few weeks at a time.  And have you seen his fielding?

        • DocWimsey

          My sort-of-bad: I’m only advocating Mogan’s OBP relative to what the Cubs usually have! And my definite bad: I did not realize how bad he was a stealing bases. However, that is easily cured: tell him not to go.

          As for his big mouth, well, Morgan cracks me up. He strikes me as an intelligent but uneducated young man with a fairly sharp but very unrefined sense-of-humor. If you like Morgan, then it is “heart.” If you do not like Morgan, then it’s “bad attitude.” I’d take either or neither over what we have now if it gets on base 35% of the time with a permanent “STOP” sign from the 3B coach.

          • Jay Anderson Jr

            I just love a guy who doesn’t back down. Reminds me of myself. My boss hates it, but loves it the same. He has a persona of one the great athletes. No different then Jordan, Kobe, Ali, Namath, Eli Manning, Terrell Suggs, and several others. The only problem with Morgan, he not nearly as good as those guys at what he does. I’ll still take him over Byrd, Dejesus, Johnson and Mathers.

            • hogie

              You guys must have been big fans of the Pierre trade. I also like the guy who doesn’t back down, but I like the guy who does it with a little bit of class. None of those guys are flinging chaw and screaming”f**k yeah” into the camera.

              Yes, our outfield is bad, but to me Morgan does not represent a clear upgrade over any of those players.

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