It started with Werth on second base. Before he went any further, he clutched his head, making sure all those accumulated years of baseball wisdom and knowledge and toughness and that certain je ne sais quoi were still in there.

“I like to think that just my presence, just me being here, has helped the team,” he said last month, in a bit of foreshadowing. “I realize I haven’t done offensively what I’m capable of doing. There’s more to the game than just that.”

“I just you know, took advantage of the situation,” he would later tell Debbi Taylor.

“What did you see there with Marmol, Jayson?” Taylor would later ask.

“Well, I wasn’t hittin’,” Werth wisely answered. “I don’t know what Pudge saw. But you know, I just got a good jump and took advantage of the situation.”

“This team was a little banged up today but you guys didn’t let that affect you at all, did you?” she asked.

“No, no, you know, that’s part of it,” he said. “You go through the season, guys get banged up. That’s why we’ve got bench players. We’ve got a good group of guys, we’ve got great bench players, we’ve got a great team. It’s gonna be fun in Washington.”

Bear in mind, these fans were the same fans that had been booing Werth for the past three or four days. But no matter.

“We’ve been playing great at home,” he said. “These people keep coming out and supporting us. I see good things from this team. We just need to keep playing good ball and get to the break and look forward to an awesome second half.”

Then he raised his arms to the crowd and was off.