If you were one of the few who hadn’t yet come around on disliking Jayson Werth (which, I know, is a difficult thing to do– my JW jersey sheds a tear every morning in my closet), I suppose the events of last night may have put you over the Edge.
With one out in the ninth and Werth on-deck, Danny Espinosa dribbled a foul ball in the direction of his whiny teammate. Werth picked it up, pump faked like he was going to throw it to a fan… and then tossed it into the Nats' dugout.
TV cameras from CSN, MASN, or ESPN didn’t capture it, but you could certainly hear the reaction of the 20,000 or so (generous) left at Citizens Bank Park.
When Werth came up (with two on and now two out in a one-run game, mind you), there were vacillating boos and cheers, the latter of which came when Justin De Fratus threw one up and in, around Werth’s once-cool beard.
Unfortunately, for us, the fun didn’t last long: Werth singled up the middle, scoring both runners. 7-4, $126 million man and his playoff bound team. Werth was, in fact, seeing to it personally that we never walk down Broad in celebration again. Or something.
Many people left. Those who remained, booed. Well, except for a cheesy reporter, the Daily News' David Murphy, high up in the press box:
[This from a guy who once claimed he didn't have contempt for his reader base.]
After the game, Werth was asked about the incident. His response… is as douchey as it could have been: [Washington Post]
“Earlier in the game, I flipped a ball in the right field seats to a fan. It bounced off her hands and landed on somebody’s lap. A guy reached over, a Phillies fan, reached over into her lap, grabbed the ball and then threw it back on the field.
“So in the ninth when I got the ball, I was going to flip the ball. There was a group of kids. Behind the kids there were these unruly middle-aged men that to me appeared to be snarling. It’s the ninth. Who knows. I kind of got the sense that maybe they were intoxicated. I was going to flip it to the kids, and then I thought, maybe I shouldn’t, because of the people right behind those innocent little children there.
“So I just flipped it in the dugout. Evidently, that rubbed some people the wrong. After the events in right field, I felt it was better to maybe not throw it in the stands.”
Here’s a screenshot of those snarling fans:
Whoa! Snarls Barkleys over here.
That Nats won. Werth made out with a hot girl in front of his ex. And yeah, we’re probably a little bit jealous.
Video of Werth speaking to reporters, courtesy of the Trentonian, after the jump.