Charlie Morton ‘Apologized’ to Atlanta Braves Teammates Despite Heroically Pitching With Fractured Leg!

Published 10/28/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) comes off the field after sustaining an apparent injury against the Houston Astros during the third inning in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports


Charlie Morton delivered a gutsy performance on the pitcher’s mound in Game 1 of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. Despite suffering a severe injury during the game, the 37-year-old produced three crucial outs to keep the Braves in front.

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Following the game, his injury forced him off the mound in the bottom of the third inning. Despite his courageous effort before leaving the field, Morton apologised for not giving more.

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton expresses regret after walking off

In the bottom of the second inning, Morton took a hard hit from a base hit by Yuli Gurriel. Although it caused him significant pain, the 37-year-old produced 10 pitches to end the inning without conceding a run.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

In the bottom of the third, Morton produced six more pitches after the Braves extended their lead to 5-0 in the top. Despite the injury, the Braves star struck out José Altuve, who is arguably at the top of his game in this year’s postseason. After striking out Altuve, Morton walked off the pitch in considerable pain.

During the fifth inning of the game, news broke that Morton suffered a right fibular fracture, ruling him out for the rest of the World Series. Despite his courageous effort, the 37-year-old had two small, but surprising words for everyone who reached out to him: “I’m sorry.”

To produce pitches like he did with a fractured foot took immense determination. Hence, many expected an apology to be the last thing he gave to everyone who showed concern. As the Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman put it“If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about Charlie Morton, I’m not sure what does.”

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Can the Braves take a crucial series lead on Friday?

Game 3 of the World Series will take place in the Truist Park, the home of the Braves tomorrow. Although they lost yesterday’s game, they can take heart from their incredible performance in Game 1 back to Atlanta.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

They are quite a strong team at home, as displayed by their performances in the NLDS and NLCS. However, Morton’s absence could have a huge impact on the team, especially with the Astros possessing a fine set of hitters.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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