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You Phillies Fans In Right Field In DC Will Not Get to Heckle Jayson Werth This Weekend

May 24, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT


I never fully understood the small contingent of Phillies fans who enjoyed heckling Jayson Werth once he made the no-brainer decision to depart Philadelphia for the insane money in Washington, DC. There is loyalty, sure. But then there’s also logic.

Those fans will be disappointed this weekend when they find themselves sitting in right field and Jayson Werth and his hair don’t come trotting out to start the game. Werth is currently on the disabled list battling a hamstring injury and could be out another couple weeks.

The Washington Post has more on the injury and highlights all of the time the high-priced outfielder is missing:

Werth, who turned 34 today, is in the third season of a seven-year, $126 million contract. Last year, he missed 75 games after he broke his left wrist attempting to make a sliding catch and played in 81 games all season. Werth could miss roughly 30 games before he makes his return from his current hamstring injury.

So Phillies fans will have to find a new heckling target other than the guy who helped win the only World Series for Philadelphia during most of your lifetimes. I’m thinking another Nats outfielder who has a penchant for eyeblack and running into walls may work just fine.

  1. Pete - May 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    “We mock which we don’t understand.”
    – Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd), Spies Like Us, 1985

  2. galasso2586 - May 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I live in DC and have a partial plan for the Nats (All the Phillies games and then some other ones) and I tried to hate Bryce Harper, but I can’t. He goes all out and hustles all the time. He’s always the first person out of the dugout to go warm up. If the kid was in Philly he’d be a hero. It’s a shame he’s in DC where they really don’t care about baseball.

  3. blg002 - May 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I’m curious how the Nats fans feel about that contract so far? There’s no sarcasm here I really am curious, I don’t follow baseball enough to know. And obviously it’s only year 3 and he’s been hurt a lot (which I guess is a factor).

  4. Suzanne - May 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    This contract works out to over $346,000 per week for 7 years (using 52 weeks/year in the math — not just season/spring training weeks. He earned over $96,000/week on his final Phils contract.

    I can not even begin to fathom what to do with that kind of money, meaning I’ve never understood how someones life changes in any appreciable way earning $96k/week vs. $346k/week.

    $18 mil/year vs. $5 mil/year. These are ridiculous sums of money. I guess you just buy a lot more toys at $18 mil/year.

    • BenE. - May 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      I defy anyone to tell me he/she honestly would not leave one company to take a 360% pay increase at another.

      • Suzanne - May 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        I think it depends on the kind of company you’re leaving and also the type of company you’re going to. It can’t be all about the money (in my view). but for some guys, it IS all about the money. werth is one of those guys.

        me, i would not have left a team like the phillies and a baseball town like philly to go to a team like the nats and a crap baseball town like DC despite the huge pay increase. because to me, i don’t know what i’d do w/ all that extra cash. living on 94k/week in philly ain’t too hard, dig?

        i’d rather stay in a killer ball town w/ that team. but that’s just me.

        werth is werth. different motivations for everyone.

  5. Mark - May 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I once went to a Phillies vs. Nats game in DC while Werth was still a Phille. A “season ticket holder” for the Nats told me she sits in Left Field and loves to harass Werth all game, since he’s right in front of her seats. I responded with a “oh yeah? thats funny….Werth plays right field.”

    She denied and kept trying to tell me he was our starting left fielder.

    Nats fans are clueless.

    • Suzanne - May 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      She probably thought her seats were in left field and was actually sitting in right field all season long and never knew it. Even worse…

      • Mostel - May 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Maybe you were sitting with Michele Bachman?

  6. hireaneditor - May 24, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    go ahead and delete it but HOW DO YOU HAVE TYPOS EVERY DAMN ARTICLE.

    also, really? you don’t understand why werth gets heckled? you must be from out of town.


  7. yesplease - May 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    This is the first you’ve noticed the typos plaguing this once great website? The morons in Philly used to laugh at the Werth contract while defending Howard’s, even though Werth is 1) a better defender, 2) cheaper, and 3) a better hitter (yes, walks and stolen bases do count). It’s actually comical that Ruben Amaro would pay Werth instead of Howard, and even more comical that the dolts who listen to 610 daily would defend that decision. Wert’s OBP was a huge factor in the Phillies’ 2007-2009 success…then Amaro pays Howard instead of Werth, the insanely stupid manager says “I DONT TEACH WALKS,” and now the Phillies have a notoriously low walk-rate, even though Michael Young is having a ridiculously abnormal increase in walks this season. Enjoy this monstrosity, Phillies fans, because this is what you asked for when you wanted Howard/Amaro/Manuel instead of Werth/Arbuckle/Sandberg.

    • Enrico Campitelli Jr. - May 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      At least you’re admitting that, at one point in time, this website was great!

  8. willh888 - May 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    “This is the first you’ve noticed the typos plaguing this once great website? ”

    “Wert’s OBP”


    • yesplease - May 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Well done. The only difference between my comment and the website’s post is that, you know, my comment is a comment.

      And also that my comment is logical.

  9. Enrico Campitelli Jr. - May 25, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    For the record, what typo was in the original post? Am I missing something?

  10. Keith - May 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    The guys is a creep. He spit on a ball he tossed to a kid. He berated that fan that caught a foul ball in front of his young child and then didn’t apologize.

    Ryan Howard had comparable stats to the great Babe Ruth when the Phil’s signed him to that contract.

    • Wes - May 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      why does he owe the man an apology?

      • Keith - May 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        He doesn’t, but I consider it something a creep would act like. Foul balls in baseball are inevitable and part of what is cool about going to the game. I still always want to catch a ball when I go to the game. He should have made things right in my opinion.

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