Before Jayson Werth came to Philly, his career batting average was around the .240 range, he had 25 HR and 106 RBI, and just look at how innocent and kind that face on the right looks. After two years here, he was a World Series Champion with a career BA of .272, 120 HR and 406 RBI who had gotten some MVP votes, and he was looking more like James Logan. Dude was a big-time role player in a city that had (mostly) abandoned the “Werth-less” chants and embraced him as a haggard, bearded, key-player at the most successful time in Phillies history. And then, due to what Werth saw as roster mismanagement (or, at worst, betrayal), he was gone.
He signed with the Washington Nationals, and man did we have a laugh about that one. They couldn’t even sell-out their own park. Our fans outnumbered theirs at home. They were the worst team in baseball. They massively overpaid for a man who we liked, but whose numbers were inflated by his surrounding players. And so, when we laughed at him, he lashed out at us. And then, when he did poorly, we laughed again.
Meet us after the jump for our thoughts on Werth’s antics last night, and whether or not this is all Paul Rudd‘s fault.
So last night, when the first-place Nationals came in to knock off the now-out-of-it Phillies, Werth decided to have a little fun. He stole the keys to the Phanatic’s ATV. He fake-tossed a foul ball into the stands. And then, he drove in two runs in the ninth. Were the ATV and fake-toss things dick moves? Maybe. But if someone with no local history had done those same things, we would have thought nothing of it. But since it’s Werth, and since he’s going to continue playing in October and our Phillies aren’t, he is an asshole.
But is he really? Or is he just a dude who plays hard, tries to win no matter what team he’s on, and had his feelings hurt when we didn’t want him anymore. Maybe Jayson Werth was just sad that he wasn’t here anymore. When he left, maybe he was just sad that he wasn’t playing for a winner. And now that he’s on top and we’re a few games from the end of the Phillies season, we feel the same way.
Or, maybe it was part of the plan all along. Let us remind you that, back in 2009, Werth was hanging out with Paul Rudd. At the time, Rudd was filming a movie with Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, and Owen Wilson in which Wilson plays a baseball player for … THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS. Barely a year later, Werth was in D.C. So is he an asshole, an evil genius, or just a baseball player? Even after all of this, we’re still leaning towards the first one.