Jayson Werth is going to stop all the parades in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies have dominated the NL East for several years and have routinely walked all over the rest of the division with their combination of elite starting pitching and big hitting lineup. However, injuries and old age are catching up to their star players which has left the door open for the upstart Washington Nationals, with young talent coming out their ears, to take a run at the division title. Needless to say, the old guard is none too happy about it, and things got heated during the recent Nats-Phils series. First, Nationals super-prospect Bryce Harper got plunked by Phillies ace Cole Hamels. Harper responded by stealing home on Hamels for the go-ahead run, and Hamels admitted to reporters after the game that he meant to hit the young Nat, and was given a 5-game suspension for his honesty. On top of that, former Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth, who signed a ridiculous $126 million contract before last season with Washington, broke his wrist diving for a ball during Sunday’s game and has officially turned on his former home town.
From the Washington Post via Yahoo:
“After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and, ‘That’s what you get,’ I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again,” Werth wrote.
Werth has been outwardly soft-spoken throughout his career and said that there was no bad feelings between him and the Philly fanbase after he left in free agency for much greener pastures, but all that seems to be changing. Nothing like “stereotypical Philly fan” to ruin the good vibes for everybody.
Werth has been placed on the 15-day DL and will be out 10-12 weeks with a broken wrist but you can bet he’ll have no shortage of motivation during his rehabilitation. On top of some knuckleheaded hecklers, Werth is still trying to justify that monstrous $126 million deal and be a contributing member of a lineup that has aspirations of winning its first NL East title. Winning it over Philadelphia now just become Werth’s icing on the cake.
Obviously this sentiment of wishing harm on a former player isn’t the general feeling among Phils fans and Philadelphia is once again getting dragged through the mud by the worst of their fanbase. But let’s be honest, the worst of their fanbase is reeeeally the worst. To get a guy who’s spent his career being the quiet “nice guy” of baseball to release a statement saying he’s shutting down Broad Street parades forever, you’ve really got to push some buttons. I mean, Philadelphia has a lot of pro sports teams (Eagles, Sixers, Penguins) that could some day win a title, so Werth is going to have his work cut out for him sabotaging all of them just to keep a celebratory walk from happening. So thanks a bunch, Philly jerks: you’ve killed Jayson Werth’s love of parades.