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Ed Rendell rants about Jayson Werth

Jayson Werth said many, many kind things about the city of Philadelphia, Phillies fans and the Phillies organization after arriving in Washington.

But he also knows exactly how to get under Philadelphia’s collective skin, and has done so repeatedly since he was booed after breaking his wrist earlier this spring.

You’ll recall that following that incident, Werth sent Kilgore an e-mail, writing that, “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and, ‘That’s what you get,’ I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again.”

Now, whether or not his Wednesday night trolling will contribute to that goal, rest assured that Werth still has his finger on the racing, high blood pressured pulse of Philadelphia. And thus, former Phillly mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell’s Thursday morning appearance on WIP.

“He mimicked throwing a ball toward some children when it was fouled off to him in the on-deck circle and then coldly rolled the ball into the dugout,” an outraged Angelo Cataldi told Rendell. “How do you feel about Jayson Werth and what he is doing to the fans that supported him so well when he played here?”

“Well, it’s a 7 letter word, Angelo,” Rendell replied. “The first letter is A and the last letter is E.”

“I LOVE THIS MAN I LOVE THIS MAN!” Cataldi exulted.

“I mean, Jayson Werth is a complete ass,” Rendell continued. “You’re right, fans did make his career. We made him a star and we got him that contract. Players are nuts. Player are nuts sometimes. The fans were great to Jayson Werth. Even Donovan [McNabb], Donovan had some difficulty with the fans but he acknowledged how great Eagles fans were when it came to winning or losing games. Jayson Werth, compare him to what Cliff Lee said about the Phillies fans or what Cole Hamels said this year about the Philly fans. It’s nuts. I think he’s got to be a little bit off-kilter.”

Nah, dude. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s making your losing season hurt even more.

What to call that? It’s an 8-letter word. The first letter is N and the last letter is E. Unless you include the hashtag.


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