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Friday, September 28, 2012
Jayson Werth was in the on-deck circle in the 9th inning when a foul ball rolled his way. He looked into the stands behind the dugout, which were undoubtedly filled with drunken Phillies fans heckling Werth, so Werth, like anyone with a sense of humor, faked the throw into the stands. He then rolled the ball back into the dugout. Had Hunter Pence did the same thing to Astros fans while playing for the Phillies, he instantly would have become one of my favorite players. Instead, he just kept running out to right field, misplaying fly balls because his eyes are not parallel with his ears.
Once Werth rolled the ball into the dugout, the stadium erupted into boos. Fair enough, I suppose. But why was he being heckled in the first place? Werth probably contributed more to this team from 2007-2010 than Ryan Howard, and without him, they'd not only have zero World Series appearances, but likely zero playoff appearances as well. To take it a step further, had they signed Werth instead of Howard, they would still have Werth, Cosart, and Singleton; moreover, their huge 125-million-dollar contract would be paid to someone who can not only hit both LHPs and RHPs, but actually play defense and run the bases. Crazy, isn't it?
But let's keep booing Werth while we cheer everytime Manuel emerges from the dugout. Sickening.