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Improbable Comeback Stuns Reds

Baseball is such an unpredictable sport. One team can have all the momentum, but in the blink of an eye, it can switch over to the other side. That’s what makes the game great. Just when it can’t get any worse for the Phillies, Greg Dobbs shines a light of hope. The Phillies pulled off an improbable 9-7 comeback on an evening with a huge turn of events. These are the comeback kids that the fans love. It’s amazing how quickly boos turn to cheers.

There were several misplays on both sides during Thursday’s game. The errors carried over immediately on Friday as Jimmy Rollins botched the very first play of the game.  Several batters later, Johnny Gomes sent Joe Blanton’s offering into the left field seats.  Blanton never settled in.

Blanton got knocked around in 5.1 innings.  He surrendered six runs, five earned, on a whopping twelve hits and two walks.  The Reds were hitting shots off him; he never found a groove.  Lately, Charlie Manuel has been critizied for leaving his starters in too long.  If there was ever a good time to lift Blanton, it was in the bottom of the fifth.  Instead, Manuel let Blanton hit for himself.  Blanton allowed a few base runners in the top of the sixth before Manuel pulled him.  Blanton tipped his cap to an upset crowd, and headed for the showers.  Luckily, David Herdon avoided further damage.

In the meantime, Mike Leake cruised.  The rookie who skipped the minor leagues looked like a long time veteran retiring batter after batter.  At one point, Herdon’s pitch count in a little over an inning matched Leake’s through five.  Leake dominated.  He even went 3-for-4, having a much better night at the plate than most Phillies.

It looked like the game was over, and the Reds had an easy victory.  Not so fast.  All the trouble came in the ninth.  Leake went out for the complete game, but ran into trouble: the return of the Phillies offense.  Shane Victorino led off with a double, and Leake could not finish the game off.  Ryan Howard drove in Victorino with a single, but the big momentum shift came off the bat of Dobbs.  Since being designated for assignment, Dobbs has had a fire under his belt.  He’s starting to hit again, and boy did he get ahold of one.  Dobbs smoked a three-run shot off the foul pole, putting the Phillies down 7-5.  The damage was far from over.

Leake failed to close out the game, so Dusty Baker brought in closer Francisco Cordero.  He didn’t exactly get the job done either.  Ben Francisco drew a huge two-out walk, bringing the tying run to the plate.  Then, Cody Ransom earned his pinstripes.  Cordero threw him an outside fastball, and he hit the ball where it was pitched; he sent it in the first row of the opposite field.  The crowd turned electric as the score became even.

The Phillies were unable to score another in the ninth, but the six-run inning was plenty, sending the game into extra innings for the second straight night.  Ryan Madson tossed a 1-2-3 tenth, striking out two, with his changeup looking better than ever.

In the bottom of the tenth, a lead-off double once again started a rally.  Raul Ibanez greeted Arthur Rhodes with a double, but Howard topped that with an opposite field blast.  Another day, another walk-off home run.  Arthur Rhodes sure must hate facing the Phillies.  He has given up six runs all year; five to the Phillies (revenge for 2006?).

As Howard rounded the bases, all sorts of excitement and emotion were released.  This is the team that the fans want to see more of.  This is the team that the city fell in love with.  Perhaps these are the types of games that can turn a season around for the better.



  1. SAM

    July 10, 2010 at 12:04 am


  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 10, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Great game!
    Heard Phils may be interested in Miguel Tejada

  3. SAM

    July 10, 2010 at 12:07 am


  4. Jeff

    July 10, 2010 at 12:14 am

    CHUCK, DON, After my message today to both of you I went to the game remaining positive. Even when we were down big in the ninth. I cheered. I just kept saying to my buddy if we can some how get Cody up with a man on. I said this man is the Natural. Everyone laughed at me. When he got up I said to everyone in my row this game is tied. The BOOM. I went nuts. Madson coming and doing his thing. When Raul got that double I was slapping hands with everyone. Then big brown delivered on a friday night. Best night of the year. WOW. Would of like to see the Mets win but we gain on them atleast. Did someone say there is a DR in the house.

  5. Repeat

    July 10, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Somewhere Ali is smilen and drooling into his applesause as the stun the reds with the classic ~rope a dope~ Cliff Lee is now the off. of MLB

  6. bacardipr05

    July 10, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Blanton oh Blanton wont go there….We need another starter…However this game was great…i think i know the secret every time Phils start a come back i have to turn off the TV/Radio….then wait to see what happens…this formula works about 80% of the time…HA

  7. Morris Buttermaker

    July 10, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I watched the game up until the top of the 9th. Then I hopped into my car and drove down to the stadium to see the fireworks. I listened to the game in the car in the parking lot with about 20-30 other people. Incredibly surreal experience because I would hear the stadium go crazy and start cheering, and then 7 seconds later I would hear the call on the radio. A great experience. The past two games have been just what the Phillies needed. 2 really bizarre hard fought games.

    The most amazing part of the comeback tonight is that because it was a fireworks game, nobody left early. On a normal night, the stadium would have been half empty with the Reds up 7-1 in the 9th.

    It was a great way to cap off a really bizarre day for a Phillies fan.

  8. Sean

    July 10, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Kind of obnoxious Sam, no need for caps and repeating yourself. On the other hand Phils are hopefully on the rise. Andrew, I heard a possible deal for KC’s top reliever or a reliever from Toronto whose both names slip my mind atm.

  9. Repeat

    July 10, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Im gonna defend ~the dough~ here. Phils never gave joe a fair shot. He made some poor ps but the rlns e ld to 3rns. Hwd e maf b throw ps. Then add the dobbs drop ~thats 4 runs.

  10. SAM

    July 10, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I just noticed the Phillies payroll for 2010. I can’t believe that Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez get paid more then Rollins, Werth, Victorino, Madson and Polanco. Are you kidding me? With their pay we could have kept Lee, brought up Dominic Brown and picked up a decent closer for less the Lidge. Nice going Amaro!!!

  11. MikeB.

    July 10, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Sean; that would be Joakim Soria of Kansas City and Scott Downs of Toronto. Soria is 26 and Downs is 34. Both lefties. Soria is a good one and younger.

  12. Don M

    July 10, 2010 at 1:08 am

    How the hell did anyone JUST notice the Phillies payroll for this season?

    Soria is a Righty … and he’s FILTHY….and I highly doubt the Royals let him go for anything other than a BOATLOAD of prospects, he’s that good

  13. Don M

    July 10, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Raul Ibanez with 3 hits.. and 2 HUGE runs tonight …

    thank god we didn’t release him

  14. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

    The Phils announcers take alot of crap. Mccarthys call on that last homer was sensational.
    Mccarthy is getting good.

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 10, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Ibanez seems to thrive in the 3 spot.

  16. MikeB.

    July 10, 2010 at 1:19 am

    My mistake on Soria, Don M. I just watched him pitch against Seattle a few nights ago and I could have swore he was a leftie, Guess that is what I get for not checking the records. KC will ask a high price in prospects and I believe that the Phils will pursue Downs, the leftie, to backup Romero and maybe co-close games with Lidge,

  17. Repeat

    July 10, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Phils pls note:reason for the cbk was due to patient~intelligent Proff.abs by guys paid mills to do this every game n each plate app. The reds starter lkd ok to me in both the 8th/9th stamina wise

  18. Manny

    July 10, 2010 at 2:26 am

    I’ve been saying this.. Ibanez in the 3-spot is GOOD. Look up his career numbers there. HE IS PHILTHY.

    AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best one of the year for the Phils. NQA. The End.

  19. Doubter

    July 10, 2010 at 2:48 am

    How have you not seen the payroll? Notice we’re still paying Adam Eaton.

    I think 2010 is done. But whatever we do we have a chance for the next few years.

    I also think if we’re not keeping Werth we need to trade him; although, I hope we keep him. Point is, his trade value is higher now. I do hope the payroll is flexible enough to keep him!

  20. Geoff

    July 10, 2010 at 3:16 am

    THAT is the team we all know and miss. If they play like that everytime out in the clutch when it matters nobodys getting traded.

  21. ActuallyChilled

    July 10, 2010 at 3:27 am

    awesome phils, awesome.

    this is a totally random comment, but i don’t know where else to vent this frustration. why doesn’t Colorado (or another NL West team) move to the AL West and then Houston (or another NL Central team) move to the NL West? (I say this because then you have two Texas teams in the West, and not in the same league). Maybe it was the Lee trade that got me thinking about AL West competitive advantage, but basically I am bothered by these unbalanced league team numbers (AL, 14, NL 16). Imagine trying to win it as the Cubs, versus the Angels. You have two more teams in your freakin division. Doesn’t this piss anyone else off? Has this been addressed by baseball officials?

  22. ActuallyChilled

    July 10, 2010 at 3:32 am

    true Morris. in chronological order

    1) last straw injuries (Utley, Polly)
    2) Moyer, Victorino, and Werth making statements (‘swagger’, ‘frontrunner allusion’, ‘yelling at kid’s dad’, respectively)
    3) Bench guys start to become heros (after generally hitting more, than Schneider wraps it up last night)
    3) the painful Lee saga comes to a close
    4) fireworks force fans to stay as Phillies match a historical back to back HR walk off comback, with two role players AND finally, main studs contributing to the action.

    this is going in a good direction.

  23. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 10, 2010 at 3:56 am

    you cant have 15 teams in a league cause its an odd number. somone would have to be off every day. And they play series so it has to be an even number.

    what a phils win I am still feeling it
    Now score some runs today for the good doctor

  24. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 10, 2010 at 4:03 am

    just watched the video of Werth going off on that guy again. the guy needed to get out of the way and have his head in the game. But with the good luck thats followed maybe have the kid and his dad in to meet the team or something. The look on the kids face is horrifying. Be a shame if he hates the phils over this.

  25. Glutenous

    July 10, 2010 at 5:07 am

    @ ActuallyChilled, Before the 1998 season, the American League and the National League each added a fifteenth team. Because of the odd number of teams, only seven games could possibly be scheduled in each league on any given day. Thus, one team in each league would have to be idle on any given day. This would have made it difficult for scheduling, in terms of travel days and the need to end the season before October. In order for MLB officials to continue primarily intraleague play, both leagues would need to carry an even number of teams, so the decision was made to move one club from the AL Central to the NL Central. Eventually, Milwaukee agreed to change leagues.

  26. Glutenous

    July 10, 2010 at 5:24 am

    As for tonight, I didnt get to see the game but got to listen to the epic ninth inning comeback on the radio on my way to work. (i work at a bar)

    This is the perfect example of PHILLIES BASEBALL. The team that you can never count out unless they were 10 runs down in the ninth. This is the identity of our Phillies and this one felt so good. First time all season that they were able to put together a late comeback of this magnitude. Watching the highlights and the celebration and how elated the players looked gave me the feeling that they really, really, needed this one. This should be a morale booster for the fan base and the players as well. Good to have Madson back. He came in and did exactly what was asked of him tonight and last night minus the wild pitch, or was it scored a passed ball? Either way he is a much needed boost to the pen.

    Hopefully we take at least one more from the reds and, with all the injuries, I’ll take 46-41, or 47-40 preferably, at the break. With the way this team was playing for a while there even that looked like a longshot. Cody Ransom was an excellent off season pick up. He filled in nicely for A-Rod last year in New York and is doing a good job in his albeit short stint thus far with the Phillies.

    If we can stay close enough, get everyone healthy for a run, make the postseason and hit our stride, you can bet your last dollar that there will be no team looking forward to playing the Phillies. In 08, for example, we got hot and hit our stride late, carried it right into the postseason and won it all. I dont think that there is a team in the NL that can handle the Phillies if they are healthy and firing on all cylinders in October. Ya Gotta Believe. GO PHILLIES.

    PS. I bet that knowsall troll is feeling like a damned fool right now.

  27. Brooks

    July 10, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I dont know if we all just fell back in love with Dobbs, remember, he is still not hitting his weight. The only way to get Ransom in the lineup more is to use his either as a PH or starting at 3b. If you start him, where does Dobbs fill in?
    OF? Looking at this post, Ibby is feeling the blood running through his veins at the 3 spot, Werth can be just too valuable to sit and the only replacement for Vic is Werth in CF – I dont want to see Dobbs in RF –
    But, I would try a few days with Dobbs on the bench, Ransom starting. See what happens, especially at the bottom of the lineup with that kid (34) in there.
    We have not seen this all year long, waaaay Cool! Big Brown, you are the man!

  28. knowsall

    July 10, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Bet not.

    One big inning doesn’t make everything better.
    Rollins is still an AO.

    Werth and Victorino are still lost.

    Great hit, AB, by Howard v a lefty, but one time doesn’t mean much-he’s gotta
    get more consistent.

    Blanton is a joke.

    Lidge is a joke.

    The Braves have the best staff in the NL. I don’t expect them to fold.

  29. Glutenous

    July 10, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Bet you obviously did if you felt you needed to come and defend yourself.

  30. SandPhlea

    July 10, 2010 at 8:06 am

    On June 12, I purchased for $1 at a flea market in East Falls a mysterious 40s-vintage rotary switch – it is brown plastic or bakelite with a dial that makes a very loud and satisfying click, and reveals a little white sign that says either ON or OFF. Most of the time I leave it OFF. I started switching it ON during key points of key games (Phillies and US soccer) and its record so far is unbelievable. Once it even made Ross Gload hit a homer. I named it the Sports Mojo Rotary Switch. I am telling you this because last night I took it to the ballpark for the first time. With the lopsided score and lousy Phillies play, I wasn’t going to waste its power on that game, but something made me turn it ON in the 8th.

    I’m just sayin’.


  31. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I was saying all along….for weeks….. when we needed someone from AA or AAA that Cody Ransom should get a shot. I know he was injured a bit and that’s why he didn’t get the initial call-up when Utley and Polanco went down.

    This guy, I think is someone that could really help the Phillies for the rest of the year.

  32. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 8:11 am


    Thanks for the shout-out at 12:14 AM. Glad you enjoyed the game….and took a positive attitude with you. Incredible game, huh??

    Not saying that this cements the Phillies playoff berth….but it’s a start.

    Keep the Phaith!!

  33. Glutenous

    July 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

    The consistency isn’t there. Blanton just hasn’t found it yet and my not at all. Lidge shows flashes of brilliance in non-save situations but he is just choking when its on the line. The Braves won’t fold, they will be right there all year, but they can have the division, all that counts us making it there. If the Phillies find the postseason with everyone healthy and clicking they will make another run at it.

    The Phillies just took 2 straight from a very good Reds team. A first place Reds team, I might add, and are in a good position to take at least one more with Roy Halladay going tomorrow.

    Like I said, the fact that they are hanging in there with how battered they are is an accomplishment in itself. I’ll take 46-41 or 47-40 at the all-star break. If the same story goes as in recent years, the Phillies will have a great second half.

  34. George

    July 10, 2010 at 8:32 am

    To that uninformed person who just read the player’s salaries: Ibanez might be blamed on Amaro, but Lidge’s big contract came during the Gillick term. He appeared worth the extension in 2008, and a closer is almost always worth more than an outfielder, set-up man, or third baseman. Rollins signed several years ago, when pay rates were lower all around, so he isn’t a valid reference.

    Another player who made more than those you named is Adam Eaton, and HE certainly can’t be blamed on Amaro.

    Everyone makes mistakes, and Amaro so far has made fewer than many of the GMs out there, albeit the results aren’t completely in on some of his dealings.

  35. George

    July 10, 2010 at 8:52 am

    The front office I think realizes that Blanton still isn’t right. There’s also the matter of Happ’s slow comeback. With one or the other, the rotation would be decent, even with Kendrick in it, but both Blanton and Happ are big question marks right now.

    The infield, even without Polanco and Utley, has been more than adequate, and Polanco will be back soon to help out. This team would be nowhere without Amaro’s backups, Valdez, Ransom, Schneider, and even Dobbs the past few days. Let’s all hope he doesn’t waste trade chips on infield rentals, and goes for pitching instead. It appears that he will.

  36. NickFromGermantown

    July 10, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Good win. Makes up for that Twins game. Cheeseburger Joe needs to get things together though because we surely need him.

  37. NJ

    July 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Soria is ungetatable, just because a team in contention tend to sell off anyone they don’t need doesn’t mean their going to trade their 3rd or 4th best player when he’s cheap and controllable for years to come, it’s not like the Ramirez to Boston situation or the Heath Bell one.

    Phils have really showed some balls in the last couple of nights and it’s great to see. Blanton baffles me though, what’s happened to the guy the Reds almost traded then top pitching prospect Homer Bailey and Joey Votto for? Don’t expect him to be great and he hasn’t been terrible but he’s a guy who’s always been able to be better than most in his salary bracket.

  38. NJ

    July 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

    …^a team NOT in contention (sorry)

  39. knowsall

    July 10, 2010 at 11:07 am

    He hasn’t been terrible?

    what games are you watching?
    His era is up near 7. Yeah. terrible.

  40. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Blanton’s one of those pitchers that will give up runs…but somehow keep his team in the game. Last night, he wasn’t that good, although he did strike out 7 in 5.1 innings. The offense was baffled by Leake, so Blanton never really was in the game.

    But to call him terrible is a bit of an exaggeration.

  41. George

    July 10, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I think NJ is referring to Blanton’s career numbers, which are very respectable. This year he’s been having problems, most likely due to his early injury. Sometimes a player manages to change his mechanics ever so slightly to compensate for what may not even be a problem. Sometimes it’s barely noticeable. I’m sure he and Dubee are working on things. They just haven’t found the answer yet.

  42. phil

    July 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I haven’t posted in quite some time. Just wanted to say I think we should trade for aramis ramirez now that the cubs are sellers. I think he will be a fantastic cheap rental

  43. Bob in Bucks

    July 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I was also at the game. Phils looked truly lost. Crowd was turning surly. Then…magic! It’s what makes baseball unique – no clock. Certainly a great win but the underlying weaknesses of the infield and below par play of the of makes postseason play doubtful. I will root for them but I don’t see the Braves faltering and wild card unlikely to come from East.

    Still, a great and surprising win with firewords to cap it off.

  44. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    “underlying weakness of the infield” ?????

    What do you expect when your starting SS goes on the DL TWICE, your starting 3B has been hurt TWICE and is now on the DL and your starting 2B is now on the DL?? And your starting catcher has been on the DL.

    Some one mentioned earlier in the week that it’s hard for the team to have “swagger” when you start guys like Dobbs, Castro, Valdez, Ransom, Schneider and Sardinha every night.

    It was great to see the bench guys some through the past two nights and they certainly DID show some of their own “swagger”

    Phillies are only 2.5 games out of the Wild Card….on July 10th. With Polanco and Ruiz coming back soon and Utley at some point.

  45. Brooks

    July 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    You can look at one of 2 ways Bob-either last night was a fluke or this offense definitely can tear anyone up when they are in their stride. Does not have to be career years from the regulars. Like Vic hitting .285, or Jimmy hitting close to .290, Howard hitting .270 with more power toss in some Werth & Raul (this is considering the injuries-no Chase for now, no Poly even). If the Phils could hit their averages, they will be right in the mix for the NL crown.

  46. The Dipsy

    July 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Yes. “Underlying weakness of the infield”, Chuck. Be it injuries or alien abduction, our starting infield includes Greg Dobbs and Wilson Valdez. Thats weakness. The reason for the weakness is not at issue. If everyone thinks that we are going to keep getting big homers from Ransom, Dobbs, and Schneider, then you are in for a big surprise.

    The Dipsy


    July 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm


  48. Geoff

    July 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Thats a good point. Assuming the Braves stay hot, there is no excuse for a veteran team like the Phillies who have been there before to fail to overcome a 2.5 game deficit in the Wild Card with their best players coming back from injury (wow, Madson looked really good – that makes me feel better about the bullpen) and maybe an addition at the deadline as well. There is no reason to think they cannot at least win the Wild Card. I expect them to challenge the Braves down the stretch when healthy as well. Its definitely not over. I could see Werth leaving for prospects, Brown coming up, and then prospects being traded for a starting pitcher to replace Kendrick in the rotation. Thats a fairly safe bet I think. Because Raul is unmovable. I don’t care if Brown is left-handed, he is also really good!

  49. Geoff

    July 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    That said, they are in a bind with Werth because they need his RH power but they also need to recover good prospects for him that are better than draft picks.

  50. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I think the Phillies will have to be OVERWHELMED if they are going to trade Werth. His RH bat is too important to this line-up….and I don’t care how good Brown is (or will be). As of this moment, he has ZERO major league at-bats.


    And, Dipsy…that was my point…

    Does anyone in their right mind expect anything but weakness when half your starting infield and your starting catcher is on the DL??

    I’ll tell you what though….we haven’t seen the last of what Cody Ransom can do. And Greg Dobbs all of a sudden has a HUGE chip on his shoulder.

    I don’t think it’s any coincidence either that Werth’s fan encounter the other night and Victorino’s comments preceded two pretty remarkable comebacks. I’m glad those two guys showed a little emotion.

  51. ChuckS

    July 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Whats with the wild card talk? The phils are not out of the division by any means. The Phils have been cold the Braves and Mets have been hot. It will balance out in the near future. The Braves ad Mets will hit a little bump i the road, the phils will surge.

  52. Bruce

    July 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’ll be brief and give one thought not mentioned here by others. I’m most impressed with Reds’ rookie pitcher, Mike Leake. Not only can he pitch but oh my, can he hit (for a pitcher). 4 times on base including 3 hits and RBI. A serious candidate for Rookie of Year if he continues to do well.

  53. Kate

    July 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    If it wasn’t for Ibanez, we wouldn’t have won the game last night. In fact, there are plenty of games we wouldn’t have won if the guy hadn’t gotten to base. He’s finally adjusting to the fact that he may never regain the sort of power he used to have and is starting to adapt his offensive play accordingly.

    I still have hope when every one of these guys step to the plate.

    These past two game have been comeback confidence builders. Maybe they’re starting to get back to the place where they don’t need to hit early, hit fast. Baseball is a marathon game, not a sprint, and these guys are finally taking it all the way to the twenty-seventh out and beyond.

    We’re still in the hunt.

    Most of these guys will always be folk heroes to me, no matter what happened last year, what happens this year, and what will happen in the future.

  54. Bruce

    July 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    @Chuck: prepare yourself against a possible letdown when Polanco returns and to make room on the roster, the aging journeyman, Ransom will most likely be heading back to the minors.

  55. Psujoe

    July 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I’d keep ramsome and do something with Castro. Valdez has won the utility job IMO.

  56. Don M

    July 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I think until Polly gets back, they’ll go Ransom vs. LHP, Dobbs vs RHP

  57. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Castro has something though that Ransom and Valdez don’t have….

    A LOT more experience. Unless he flat out falters big-time….or Dobbs or Ransom turns out to be a total bust….I think Castro is here to stay.

  58. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    ^What I meant to say was ….”or if Dobbs or Ransom turns out to be a total savior”

    (Thinking one thing and typing something else!)

  59. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    The more I think about the Werth incident the more I like it and the more I like Werth. I was waiting for someone to get mad and throw something in the dug out or something of that ilk. Also the old man did have a team meeting before the first game. Now must win roys start tonight.

  60. Chuck

    July 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    The guy that Werth had the “run-in” with told Mike Missanelli yesterday on Mike’s show that he was just trying to protect his son by catching the ball.

    It looked to me like he was just trying to catch the ball to give to his son…which is cool.

    But if you’re along the fence like that as a fan you have a responsibility to be aware of what’s going on in the game in case something like that happens.

    It all happened so fast that I don’t think the fan was aware of what he was about to do. He just reacted.

    Werth reacted…rightfully so…as well. He probably shouldn’t have said “Get the f*ck out of my way” like he did….but again….HE reacted as well in the moment. Werth wasn’ t thinking that there was a 10-year old boy that would be affected somehow.

  61. Phan in the outfield

    July 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I agree w/Chuck. I stayed out of the talk surrounding this Fri. I was bothered at the neg responses against Werth & the writers frenzy. Writers love to whip this kind of thing up, making it more than it actually is. They weren’t done until they’d called Werth’s future into question, which is insane. The incident was akin to a “car wreck”: it was fast and neither adult had time to think or evaluate before acting. Personally I don’t believe the guy saying he was trying to “protect his son.” But it sure is a convenient & sweet out. Bottomline, he was trying to catch a foul ball and he didn’t think what he did was bad judgement until he heard the fans boo. I think most parents trying to protect their kids throw their own bodies across their children. I’ve had each of my parents in different situations do that to “protect” me. That guy was catching a foul ball — good catch, btw. Werth has his own little boy & if in a do-over he prob wouldn’t use that language. I doubt, however, that he’d take back telling the guy to get out of the way. I think he should’ve gotten out of the way. This is the same Werth who 2 wks ago bought his HS coach a new truck & had the entire team put their name on it (not just his alone). I also think Werth had a ton riding his shoulders that inning. He’d just made a great catch. Not that he isn’t good in RF but I’m sure he’s been trying to make up for not hitting. This foul ball would’ve been a final out. God knows the team needed to end the inning and move on to try and get a win on the board.

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