The result? Middle-aged women were howling at Werth in anger, and a Philadelphia sports-radio personality named him “public enemy #1”on Thursday morning. Also, Werth helped his playoff-bound team win a crucial road game, and Philadelphia fans wound up filing sadly out of their half-empty stadium.
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“Jayson Werth, he had all the fans, he was ready to toss the ball in the stands,” the Philly TV announcer says. “And all the fans stood up, looking for the ball, and instead of throwing it into the stands, which is what he intended to do, he flipped it into the dugout.”
Werth’s take: “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 the innocent little children there.”
There were only two possible things that could happen next. Werth could strike out, and the fans could celebrate, and wave their arms in triumph, and be filled with genuine feelings of joy and elation that this hairy man had been shown, had been defeated, had been denied. Or Werth could single in two runs, filling the Nats fans watching at home with similar feelings of joy and elation, that this hairy man had made up for so much past frustration and pain, had transferred those feelings to the enemy.
“Jayson Werth says boo that,” Bob Carpenter said.
“And he’s sending everybody home,” F.P. Santangelo said.
“A little entertainment on their way to the autos,” Carpenter said.
“Thank you very much, you can all sit down,” Santangelo added.
It was all great fun. If you believe in that sort of thing.