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Jayson Werth Says Philly Fans Will Come Around in 10 Years (Maybe)

Jun 19, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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Any time the Phils are playing the Nationals, somebody somewhere has to stir up the old debate about whether or not the mob at Citizen Bank Park should boo Jayson Werth – this is going on for three years by the way.  They do, and why shouldn’t they? Werth left Philadelphia to play for a division rival. Enough said.

I like to think the booing in this case is good-natured in spirit anyway, a theory Werth’s own feelings and experiences seem to substantiate. Phillies beat writer for MLB.com Todd Zolecki sat down with 34-year-old right fielder this week and asked him about the fans’ reaction.

“I feel like the right-field fans still appreciate me,” Werth said. “They’ll come around. Maybe [in] 10 years they’ll be good to me. It’s all good. I always enjoy coming here, for better or worse. Any time I grab lunch or dinner, people go out of their way to say, ‘Thanks for 2008.’ It’s all good.”

You mean to tell me the fans can be appreciative of what Werth accomplished during his four years with the Philies, and shower him with a chorus of boos as long as he’s suiting up for Washington? Booing is like this city’s second language – it’s all about the inflection.

Werth also gave some insight into what it’s like when he returns to CBP in his conversation with Zo.

“When I went out to shag flies in right yesterday, it was like going home to your parents’ house after you had gone away to school,” Werth said. “I went and played baseball, but it’s like coming back after that first year and going back to your old bedroom, you know? I remember this room.”

Werth and his “new” teammates were on the wrong end of the scoreboard on Tuesday, thanks in large part to eight strong innings from close friend Cliff Lee. Lee basically made two bad pitches all night, resulting in two solo shots in the 4-2 Phillies win, his ninth of the season.

One of those home runs belonged to Werth, giving the Nats an early 1-0 lead. Philly sang its song as he rounded the bases, and Werth probably enjoyed it. He walked away from the Phillies, forming an alliance with the enemy, and the people here still care enough to get emotional about it.

Check out the rest of Zolecki’s entire piece on Werth. Good read.

>> Werth: Time with Phillies highlight of career [MLB]

  1. r0tcod - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    We boo him because he’s on the Nats and because we think he can take it, not because we really hate him. We’ve surely had bigger, truer enemies.

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    • Stan - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      The boos should come because he’s on a division rival who the Phillies are playing leapfrog with in the standings. The day he goes to someplace like Kansas City or Seattle or Arizona, the boos will cease. The day he hangs up his jersey for good, he’ll get the standing ovations for his part in quenching a championship-starved city.

      Plain as that.

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  2. r0tcod - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    That’s not to say we don’t boo sometimes hoping that someone CAN’T take it.

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  3. crkmiec2013 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    He left because the Phillies never made him an offer, not even an insulting one. He took a job with a team who gave him a significant raise. Should we boo this writer if he took a job writing for ESPN for more money? Everyone would have done the same thing. If you want to boo him for hitting a HR or making a great play, fine. But for just coming up to the plate or catching a routine play or warming up,,,,get a life people…it’s just stupid.

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    • willh888 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      It was said the Phils offered him 4 years 66 mil. That’s an offer, I believe.

      And your ESPN analogy isn’t all that great. Nats were perennial last place losers at the time and the Phils were in the middle of their prime (winning over 100 games next season). Clearly his motive was only money.. not a “better job.” That’s fine I guess, but then came the bitter comments. Again, why am I supposed to like him right now?

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  4. pwalsh9 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    There is no such thing as a city that disrespects one of their key pieces in a World Series winning year. We choose to boo Werth because we, as fans, liked him enough to want him in red pinstripes for more years to come. I mean, hell, Delmon Young ain’t getting the job done Werth style. It’s not because he “left Philadelphia to play for a division rival”. It’s because he left Philadelphia. And Werth is right – in 10 to 15 years when we induct him into the Wall of Fame or when we have our 25 year 2008 WS Anniversary Celebration, Werth will get a standing ovation. But for now, we’ll continue to bee. Why? The same reason we boo every other major leaguer’s success. Because they aren’t a Philadelphia Phillie.

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    • chew - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      we only boo him, because we miss him: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=4535343&c_id=mlb

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  5. joe mama - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I have no ill-will towards Jayson Werth. I don’t care what anybody says about loyalty, for 60 million extra dollars anyone on earth would leave their job for some place else. I miss his bat in the line up, quite frankly, and so does the rest of the offense.

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  6. LarryGUNZ - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    We do NOT boo him because he left us for a rival or because he went for the money (who wouldn’t). We boo him because as soon as he signed his new contract, he started talking S**T about his old team (the team that put him in the position to get that big contract). We boo him because of his massive ego and because he thinks we would have EVER paid him that kind of money. We boo him because he whines and cries about our taunts. We boo him because he has stated that he “hates the Phillies”. We boo him because he messes with the Phanatic. We boo him because he doesn’t want us to celebrate on Broad St. ever again. I personally boo him because he flipped off our whole section once in D.C. AND ULTIMATELY, we boo that unshaven egomaniac because he refuses to get over us. See you tonight JAYSON…

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