The last month or so has been absolutely miserable for Philadelphia Phillies rightfielder Jayson Werth. He’s batting just .222 here in July and for the season is batting just .163 with runners in scoring position. That’s just the beginning. A little less than a month ago, TheDirty.com reported that Werth might of had an affair with Chase Utley’s spouse, Jennifer Utley. The Dirty has since removed said post, but the reporting of that news, true or not, was still a distraction for a team that needed nothing of the sort.
To avoid beating the “Jayson Werth Public Persona” horse anymore than it already has been, I’ll provide some links here that have done so very well of late. Enjoy, or if you’re a Phillies fan, start contemplating what life after Werth is going to be like.
Is Werth Wearing Thin? – (Crossing Broad)
A Note on Werth – ( The Morning Call )
The Werth Hate Fest Continues ( Crashburn Alley)
Jayson Werth: A Poor Man’s Bobby Abreu ( iSportacus )
The Jayson Werth Love Affair Cools ( the 700 level)
There was also this tiff that he had with a fan close to two weeks ago on a foul ball that Werth probably would have had a play on if a father and his son weren’t in Werth’s space.
Jumping off of the Werth bandwagon seems to be the popular trend these days, but that’s how it goes in Philadelphia I suppose. Jimmy Rollins took a bunch of heat for his “frontrunner” and “bandwagon” claims, but sadly enough, it appears that he’s right about them. Phillies fans are a pessimistic bunch. I’ll admit my worries about this team are at a season high right now, but there’s plenty of ball left in the summer.
The Phillies are a team scratching for answers and if they are to right this ship, Werth is going to be a integral part in guiding it northward.
For now, enjoy the simple minded Phillies fans who think Werth “sucks” or whatever clever adjective they can come up with to describe his recent slump. Monitor those fans closely, for they will be driving that wagon when Werth goes on one of those epic tears that will remind us of how special a talent he really is.