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Nyjer Morgan: T-Plush Now Permanent Part of Milwaukee Brewers Lore

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 07:  Nyjer Morgan #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts after getting the game-winning RBI scoring teammate Carlos Gomez #27 to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in 10 innings in Game Five of the National League Division Series at Miller Park on October 7, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2011

Nyjer Morgan is one of those players that you can't help but like.

He plays every game like it is his last, he looks like he is having fun on the field and he appears to be the consummate teammate.

As engaging as Nyjer Morgan is, his alter-ego is even more so. That alter-ego, of course, is Tony Plush, or T-Plush for short.

T-Plush comes out when a big play is made or when Morgan or a teammate is in the middle of a post-game television interview.

Those aforementioned post-game interviews have become the stuff of legend. Now, Morgan will be remembered for much more than his post-game theatrics as Tony Plush.

In the 11th inning of their deciding Game 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Morgan came through with a walk-off RBI single to send the Brewers to their first league championship series since the "Harvey's Wallbangers" Brewers of 1982.

As soon as Carlos Gomez crossed home plate with the winning run, T-Plush came out in a big way. He quickly found himself in the middle of a mob on the pitcher's mound—once he escaped that, he began to run around like a madman.

He engaged the crowd with the Brewers' signature "Beast Mode" hand gesture and jumped in on post-game interviews being conducted with Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.

It was during the Braun interview that a TBS microphone caught Morgan yelling celebratory expletives to the crowd, but who can blame him? Everyone seemed to be caught somewhere between shock and elation.

The Brewers have the look of a team that is here to stay in this postseason. The starting pitching has been solid for the most part, the back of the bullpen is deep and the lineup has done enough to win games.

Best of all, they have none other than Tony Plush leading the way.

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