Aug 12, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Nathan (36) signs autographs before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Nathan Apologizes For Bafangoo Gesture

During pre-game interviews before the Detroit Tigers afternoon game against the Pirates, Joe Nathan apologized about his gesture to Detroit Tigers fans at Comerica Park.

The Tigers closer made a chin flick gesture to Tiger fans after saving the game last night against the Pirates. The gesture was prompted by booing from the fans after Nathan walked the first two batters of the inning.

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The apology given by Nathan falls short of taking complete responsibility by assigning some blame to the fans for reacting to the Tigers ongoing frustrations. But now that Nathan has disrespected the Detroit fans the booing is not likely to stop despite the half-hearted apology.

The gesture was not noticed by those watching the game in the Detroit market because it did not make the air on the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast.  As a result Tigers management was not aware of the gesture until media approached them today.  Now that they know they plan to review it.

After that review it will be interesting to see how the Tigers will handle it.  Prince Fielder was traded after showing indifference toward the fans over playoff frustrations.  It will be interesting to see what kind of consequences await Joe Nathan. 


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