Earlier this week, Buck Showalter got Nats fans real fired up and mad-like.
“Our owner was kind enough to let them have a team here,” Showalter said, while in Washington. “I understand that a lot of people that are here are people that used to come over to Baltimore.”
Thursday night, Showalter kind of got them all mad again. Let’s review.
There were two outs in the top of the ninth. Jayson Werth, representing the go-ahead run, was at the plate. Zach Britton was on the mound. And Werth fouled a pitch off the top of his foot.
— jenn rubenstein (@jennrubenstein) July 11, 2014
Werth walked out of the batters box in evident pain, and attempted to shake off the hurt. He bent over. He shook his head. He wiggled his foot. He tapped his foot. He took some swings.
After 35 seconds, the Orioles fans started booing.
“This is smart,” MASN’s F.P. Santangelo said. “Take your time, get the feeling back in your foot. This is a slightly big at-bat…Game’s on the line.”
“And I would hope that our fans would never boo an injured player who’s slow getting back into the box,” Bob Carpenter added.
After 45 seconds, Werth and home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor began jawing at each other. Bucknor evidently wanted Werth back at the plate. Werth evidently wanted more time. They had a conversation. Both appeared very into the conversation.
“It’s ridiculous,” Santangelo said of Bucknor. “It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
After 70 seconds, Werth walked out of the box again, and again began swinging his bat. The boos got louder.
ENTER MATT WILLIAMS
After about 75 seconds, Matt Williams and a trainer came out to check on Werth. While there, Williams exchanged a few words with Bucknor. The boos kept getting louder.
“This is just a delaying tactic here,” Orioles television play-by-play voice Gary Thorne said, pointing out how Werth was tapping his bat against his supposedly injured foot.
“Yeah, so he just smokes himself, and then he hits himself in the foot with the bat, so he should be ok,” Mike Bordick added.
“Just trying to distract here now, get Britton off his focus,” Thorne said.
Some fans were chanting “Werth-Less, Werth-Less.”
Werth prompts ′Werthless’ chants from Orioles fans before grounding out to end the game. Weird scene. #Nats lose 4-3.— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) July 11, 2014
BUCK SAYS A BAD WORD?
@dcsportsbog Charm City class
— Lee Galloway (@DLeeGalloway) July 11, 2014
@TheNatsBlogJoe The Oriole Way.
— National Discourse (@NatDiscourse) July 11, 2014
— Dana Tretola Huffman (@mendedheart83) July 11, 2014
And so on. There was lots of this.
WERTH RESUMES THE AT-BAT
After about 95 seconds, Werth was ready, and stepped back to the plate. He grounded out on the next pitch. The game was over.
Jayson Werth fouled a ball off his left foot in his last at-bat. He was hobbling around the clubhouse. Declined to speak with reporters.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 11, 2014
And the first question at Showalter’s post-game press conference concerned the delay.
“I mean, he got hit with one of Zach’s sinkers,” Showalter said. “It hurts. And anybody here who’s ever been there, it hurts, like taking a sledgehammer and hitting it off your foot. I’m fine with it. Just trying to get the feeling back. Adam [Jones] does that a lot. Once he does, I’m not real sure what the rest of the conversation was, but that’s their business.”