Chris Johnson was the Braves player most visibly upset with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez Wednesday night. He was the one who charged in from third base after catcher Brian McCann had words for the demonstrative young Marlins ace for admiring the home run he hit during the Marlins’ 5-2 win, setting off a benches-clearing confrontation.
Johnson was also one of the Braves players Fernandez made a point to apologize to after the game Wednesday night. Fernandez caught Johnson’s attention coming off the field after the game by whistling.
“He said he was sorry,” said Johnson, who had done some mid-at-bat jawing with Fernandez and also took exception to him spitting near third base as he rounded the bases on his homer.
“I was like ‘Don’t worry about it, dude,’” Johnson said. “I told him, I, of all people, know how it is to get going during a game. And then he’s like ‘It’s not all right, it’s not all right, and I’m sorry.’ ‘Don’t worry about it, man, it’s over.’”
Fernandez also asked to meet McCann and pitcher Mike Minor in the hallway outside of the Braves clubhouse after the game to apologize.