Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) and Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) both are separated at home plate by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook (34) during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sp
MIAMI, Fla. -- The Braves didn't like 21-year-old phenom's stare, spitting or trot around the bases.
His first major league home run was a memorable one, but one he wish he could take back - at least his actions.
Marlins rookie pitching phenom Jose Fernandez hit a ball out of the park off Braves starter Mike Minor in the 6th inning of Wednesday's Marlins game against the Braves. There wasn't much doubt, either - it was a towering shot to left center.
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The Braves didn't like what he did next.
Fernandez took an extra long look at the home run, then shot a look at the Braves bench as he was rounding the bases. No one on the Braves, especially third baseman Chris Johnson, liked any of it.
As Fernandez crossed home plate, he began exchanging words with Braves catcher Brian McCann, who was clearly unhappy with the pitcher's behavior.
Both teams cleared their benches, coming onto the field. There were no punches thrown, just some words and jawing from both baseball clubs.
Last month, the Braves took similar umbrage when they thought Bryce Harper admired a home run he hit against them. The Braves really don't like young, exciting players in the MLB who aren't on their team, apparently.
Fernandez's trot and stare may have been a result of a home run by the Braves' Evan Gattis earlier in the game. Gattis hit the ball about 400 feet and took a second to admire his blast.
But after the game, Fernandez, who made his last start of the season, didn't make any excuses and was in no mood to celebrate the win or the home run.
"I feel embarrassed," he said. "I feel like I don't deserve to be here, because this isn't high school. This is a professional game. I made a mistake. I'm going to learn from it.
"I had a good year, and it ends up like this. I embarrassed a lot of people. It's just not right for the game. For sure I can promise 120 percent that that will never ever happen again. I won't show anybody up like that."
Fernandez even sought out Minor and McCann to apologize.
"I said, 'I'm really sorry, I'm embarrassed and that's something that won't ever happen again,'" Fernandez said. "McCann said, 'Hey, man, you're a kid but you're in the big leagues. You need to do what big leaguers do.'"
Fernandez gave up only one run in seven innings.
The Marlins won the game, 5-2.
Nate Scott of USA TODAY contributed to this report.