Jayson Werth was in town this past weekend for the honoring of the 2008 Phillies World Series team.
He spent some time speaking to 94 WIP’s Howard Eskin on the eponymous “Howard Eskin Podcast,” explaining that he called every team except the Mets looking for a job this spring before he ended up in the Mariners’ minor league system and ultimately decided to call it a career after suffering a summer hamstring injury.
Werth says he spoke with Gabe Kapler via Facetime and had a “great conversation” about the Phillies, but admitted that there really wasn’t any room for him:
“They were pretty full in the outfield and pretty full in Triple A. They wanted to see what their guys could do. They really liked that Altherr guy. It just wasn’t a fit at that time and that’s where every (team was). They had these kids that were pretty young, all of these super nerds in the front office who don’t know anything about baseball, but they like to project numbers and project players. Old players are out and new players are in. But baseball is baseball, in my mind. If you can play, you can play.”
Werth went on to call Phillies fans “the best in sports,” which should clear up any lingering questions of two-way fake hostility from his Washington days.
There’s a lot of good stuff in here, including some opinions on Ruben Amaro, Jr. It’s candid and honest and worth a listen after the jump: