June 14, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Cameron Rupp offered a few words to Jeanmar Gomez and then slapped the pitcher on the back. There was not much for the catcher to say. The task was simple. One more out and the Phillies were flying out of Washington with a win. The task proved to be too much. Jayson Werth ripped a two-run single up the middle. Gomez reached with his glove but never had a chance, and the Phillies left Nationals Park with a 5-4 loss Sunday afternoon. Their sixth straight loss to Washington proved to be the most brutal of them all. The Phillies - who looked dormant for much of the weekend - rallied from three runs down and went ahead in the ninth.
May 30, 2016 |
Holly Thi Werth was never without words. At weddings, at funerals, at family dinners and raucous parties, she would walk into a room, assess the situation, and say something that cut right to the crux of things. She gave speeches at memorials that made everyone cry and laugh in the same breath. She gave toasts that prompted acquaintances to ask whether she was a stand-up comedian. She made jokes that had half the room gasping in shock, the other half gasping with laughter. Earlier this month, in hospice care, at the end of a long battle with cervical cancer, she found words when no one else could.
September 18, 2015 |
Jayson Werth kept the bat in his grip on Wednesday night as he left the batter's box and gazed toward left field. The former Phillies outfielder tracked the path of another pitch he mercilessly whacked into the night. Werth rounded the bases in the sixth inning without a hurry. He had hit yet another home run, stinging his old team twice in Washington's 12-2 win over the Phillies. Werth's home runs in consecutive at-bats gave him two homers in the same game for the second time in the three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
August 7, 2015 |
SOME NATIONALS fans might not have liked the Jayson Werth giveaway item they got at the ballpark last night. But if they give it some time, it'll grow on them. Growing, after all, is what Chia Pets do best. Last night's promotion, given to the first 20,000 to attend the game against the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, was a Chia Pet likeness of Werth that grows a full, grassy beard. It ought to look great next to previous Werth giveaway items, including last year's garden gnome.
April 3, 2015 |
AH, SPRING. That wondrous time of renewal, for naturalists . . . and recriminations, for baseball fans. Not all baseball fans, certainly. Just the ones whose teams used to be good, and are not good anymore. You know, Mets fans. And, lately, Phillies fans. There was a brief and rare span for the Phaithphul when April showers brought May winning streaks; when Chase Utley made his All-Star bid; when Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins started to warm with the weather. Now, the biggest name in the Phillies Nation is Ruben Amaro Jr., which seldom is uttered without colorful modifiers.
March 3, 2015 |
VIERA, Fla. - The Phillies marched out the Four Aces in February 2011 while Jayson Werth moved into his new spring-training home with the Washington Nationals. The Nats and Werth bore the brunt of a lot of baseball jokes at the time and one, in particular, was a cartoon conversation between two bears that circulated on YouTube. One bear played the part of Cliff Lee, who had just rejoined the Phillies as a free agent. The other was Werth, who had signed a seven-year deal for $126 million with the Nationals.
January 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is scheduled to have surgery on his right shoulder today, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday. The source, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement about the operation had been made, said Werth is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season in April. The 35-year-old Werth was troubled by his right shoulder in early August, when he sat out a week for the NL East champions.
August 15, 2014 |
WHEN THE Phillies let Jayson Werth walk away in December 2010, there was talk that the outfielder was slowing down. That conversation got louder in 2011 when he hit .232 for the Washington Nationals, who signed him to a 7-year, $126 million contract. He played in just 81 games in 2012, hitting only five homers but batted .300 and the Nationals won the National League East. But the murmurs continued. Though the Nats slumped last year, Werth managed to play in 129 games and hit an impressive .318 with 25 homers.
May 6, 2014 |
Mike Adams underwent three surgeries since he last pitched on three consecutive days. That was August 2012, before surgery to remove a rib that corrected thoracic outlet syndrome, before multiple tears in his right shoulder were repaired, and before surgery for a sports hernia. That is why Ryne Sandberg made an interesting observation about his 35-year-old righthanded reliever. "He seems to be more effective when pitching more often," Sandberg said. So the Phillies manager entrusted Adams with another tight eighth-inning situation in Sunday's 1-0 win. Adams retired Jayson Werth on a weak grounder to first base.
July 11, 2013 |
Dan Baker paused for drama. The public address announcer did not speak until the cheers for a Cole Hamels strikeout subsided. Finally, he bellowed those three words. Rightfielder Jayson Werth! A thinned crowd at Citizens Bank Park hung on every pitch Tuesday in the critical moment of a 4-2 Phillies win over Washington. "The fans," Hamels said later, "that was something we hadn't seen all year. " The bases were loaded in the eighth inning of the fifth game in this season-defining 10-game stay at home.