Monday, March 07, 2005

Why I Dislike Jayson Werth

My father-in-law pointed out to me that Jayson Werth was injured last week. Even though the competitive spirit in me would much rather beat down a healthy Dodgers team, the little demon in me had a good laugh at Werth's expense.

There's two reasons why I dislike Werth. First, and this is a childish one, as Jess said to me the other day, "I know I shouldn't say this, but that's a really gay way to spell Jason. And I don't mean homosexual." I know what she means. More like "gay" when Eminem says it. I apologize if any of our readers spell their names Eminem gay.

Second requires a little story: I was at a game with my wife and my in-laws. We were playing the Dodgers. Werth was having a notably unspectacular game. He'd been struck out 3 times already and the fans in the left field bleachers were giving him the business. There were some loudmouths nearby yelling about this and that. Difficult to tell who they were even rooting for, but I mostly kept to myself.

Some time, late in the game, the Dodgers take the lead. I believe it was on a devastatingly long Shawn Green homerun. Maybe it was Bradley. I don't quite remember, but in the Padres half of the inning, Werth runs out to his spot in left field and holds his finger up to his mouth like saying, "SShhhhh" to everybody in the left field stands.

Well, let me tell you... I nearly shit my pants. I jumped up from my seat in section 122.. Left field's foul territory... And I proceeded to tear into Werth. I think I said something along the lines of "YOU CAN'T TALK BUSHLEAGUER! YOU GOT THREE K'S ON THE DAY! YOU'VE DONE NOTHING YOU WORTHLESS JACKASS!" I don't think I cursed, but who knows. Later, Jess said that the girl sitting next to her mentioned that I was so angry, my entire body was trembling.

Werth hears me, turns and I just give him hell till I turn blue in the face, to which he promptly brushes his shoulders off in that cocky Jay-Z kinda way, then takes off his hat and looks at it and nods. Like saying, hey I'm a Dodger... aint' that something? So I freak out, foaming at the mouth, and I give it to him a little bit more. The loudmouths nearby were shocked at my sudden display. Even they were a little embarrassed for me.

Fast forward to bottom of the twelfth. We got a man on. Khalil is up to bat. Two down. A rookie with class, unlike this prick, Werth, in left field. Khalil can win it right here with a homerun. We've fallen behind by one run thanks to old man Ventura. Pitch comes in. He crushes it. Everybody's on their feet. Werth sprints back to the wall. He's got his hand on the wall. He's going to try to time a jump. He's waiting... waiting... He steps forward slowly and catches it in the middle of the warning track. The air goes right out of the stadium. Werth turns to the left field stands and takes a bow. Then as he runs off he gives me a toodle-loo wave.

By then, I was exhausted and too weak to respond. I was probably dehydrated from all the shouting and crapping of my pants with rage. We went home defeated.

So... Even though I wouldn't go so far as to actually have wished injury on somebody, I do have to say that I hope it hurt like hell when he broke his arm, and I can't wait to watch him strike out three more times against us during the season. I just better make sure to wear some old pants.

Updated: Just read Kev's update. I had completely forgotten it was extra innings. And old man Ventura was the one who hit the shot. It's coming back to me now. Those monster blasts by Green and Bradley must've happened some other time. It was a shot by pinch hitting Ventura. I even remember saying, "easy out". Baseball karma I guess.

Updated: Fixed the story to coincide my poor memory with reality.


At 9:55 AM, Blogger Ed Barnes said...

At least you can take solace in seeing Jayson Werth offer a weak check swing at a Peavy fastball in what was his signature moment of the season. I'm sure you've seen that commercial for season tickets several times by now. When Werth check swings and Peavy lets loose with a huge yell when he sees that the first base ump has punched him out. between this injury and Werth's problems with his throwing elbow(if I remember right he has a ligament problem in his throwing elbow like Luis Gonzalez did last year) then Jayson Werth might not nearly be the annoyance that he was last year.

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Old Fart said...

That a baby Dex - You gained some respect from me that night! My take is that Werth is glorified Trailer Trash! It's interesting that you bring up the "gay thing". I had a dream that night that after he caught that ball and was crusing to the dugout, I jumped the wall and tackled him at the 40 yard line. I could have sworn I felt a garter and bra beneath his uniform.

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was sitting in the right fields seats at that same game and one more jack#$@move he made was he pinched each side of his jersey and held it up like he was showing on the blue. man i cant believe you wrote this because that is the same reason i hate that guy what a kook.

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is what I wrote after the first game of the series you are describing, in which "Werth-less" was playing right...

"The second is one of those things you never catch unless you are actually at the game. Right fielder Jayson Werth of L.A. started what could become a very interesting relationship with the Friar faithful tonight. The brash youngster not only noticed the taunts of the crowd but played along, several times pointing to his chest and tapping his fingers over the “Los Angeles” spelled out there. He was visibly amused at some of the more creative fan responses and was seen to hold his glove to his ear in the universal “I can’t hear you gesture” as the Padre deficit increased or whenever the night’s popular chant of “Werth-less” rained down. While the cockiness may get him into trouble, and will definitely provoke an interesting subplot for future visits, I actually found it somewhat refreshing. Of course, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt in assuming he knows the difference between being playful and being a self-righteous jerk. Time will tell."

...That was July of 2004. Well, time has told that Jayson is a self-righteous jerk. I also find it hard to be happy when someone gets injured, but I admit that I have no love for Jayson Werth.

-Rich, San Diego Spotlight

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think somebody forgot to take their medication before the game. You seriously need to get a life.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Will said...

I was right behind Jayson in the first row at the Toyota sign when he caught it...that ridiculous bow he made after the catch was classic, especially for someone who went 0-5 with 4 K's. At least I got to see myself on sportscenter.

At 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you guys. You sound like you have maybe less baseball IQ than my sister, wait my sister has actually watched baseball played at a professional level. I bet that the author of this comical trash has never played the game at a higher level than, well maybe junior high. I only say that because it sounds like maybe his dad said at some point that the Padres were good. If you are a payinng fan then you have the right to heckel. I respect that, but you do not have the right to write a uneducated response that not only underminds themselves, but makes anyone who has enough bal.... and mean lack of balls to spout off about someone that you in your wildest dreams could only hope to be. And if you know so much about baseball why don't you come up with something better. I honnestly could vomit all over you. I am a Cubs fan. So don't think that I am a Dodger lover. I hate them. I just think if I were put in a situation that someone was tryinng to tell me how to do my job in a professional atmosphere; I would expect those people to understand what I had to go through to get here. I bet that you are not as successful in your profession.

I bet that you were the guy that was MVP at left bench.


Truely yours
Dustin Downs
P.S. I at least played college ball. HATER

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Jeffrey Gowan said...

Dear Dex (and blogger buddies),

I think YOU'RE the one that is probably gay, or at least homophobic! I KNOW you're a MORON. I think the only reason you dislike Jayson is because you're JEALOUS!! Why can't guys like you, and Ed Barnes, Rich and the Old Fart be jealous without showing it? He's talented, rich, and famous, and you envy that, don't you? My kids' a big leaguer, and you people are what, a nobody that doesn't have anything better to do than go to baseball games, show how (not)smart you are, then write this mindless crap on a blog, that show's up anytime googles Jayson? You think it's easy to be a pro baseball player? Do you have any idea how hard he's worked to get to where he's at, or how difficult it is to play baseball everyday with all the travel and being away from family all the time? How immature of you, I'm sure your family is proud of you and your embarrassing behavior at games, and I'm sure the people around you are real impressed. His name is spelled Jayson, because that is my middle name, and I'm proud to say he's my son, so you want to blame someone for the way he spells his name, blame me, not him. Secondly, he's new, but new IN THE BIG LEAGUE'S, and you think it's easy to play professional baseball, AND travel around the country and listen to all you drunk's crap all the time? Obviously, he showed you all up, so he actually got the better of you, didn't he? That's why the only thing left for you was to take it out on him on the internet, eh BIG MAN? I'm very proud of him, I'm sure you would be too if he was YOUR son, so I would prefer you just shut your big YAPPER, and enjoy the game like a real sports fan, and man. I'm sure you shit your pants on a regular basis, just like you'd do if you ever had to say any of this bullshit to his face, or mine for that matter. Pukes like you normally like to hide behind your mother's dress with your head stuck (I'm sure you still live at home, don't you?) Thankfully, Jayson's doing GREAT with the Phillies, and doesn't have to put up with you people as often. I applaud Mr. Dustin Downs for his comments, he gets it. As for the rest of you chumps, My suggestion to you is: GET A LIFE!
Submitted by:
Jeffrey Jay Gowan
Jayson's Dad

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're taunting someone and calling them names, I don't see how you are so upset with that individual responding to you in a similar manner. Michael Jordan is the most beloved sports figure of our time. What do you think he would do in that scenario?

Interesting side note, I saw a game at Wrigley where the crowd taunted Jay Werth while he was on the Dodgers, chanting Jay worthless and what not - crap I'm sure he's heard a million times before. He came to bat the next inning and hit a bomb over the left field wall.

Sure enough, he did come back and and give the crowd a look as if to say, "What now?". Only, the crowd was silenced (not about to shit ourselves). And, as a Cubs fan, I had to respect it. That's clutch.

He got called out by the fans and responded with a homerun. Same is true with a game ending catch. His team won. Get over it.

BTW - he's one of the most underated players around. He'd deserve to start in about any outfield in baseball (and he was drafted as a catcher).

Go find a hobby or something.

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous daley said...

I went to high school with Werth and what got you so hot isnt anything new. Padre fans thought they were so cleaver with the "werth-less" chant, but he has been hearing it since 8th grade.

Do you really hate Werth? or are you really just jealous?

Why do fans, who feel the need to yell at pro athletes get so mad when they do something back to them, or even better, show them up at their own game? I think it has to be jealousy because while you are in the stands chowing down on a hot dog and drinking your 4th beer, Werth is making highlight reels against your team....and getting paid a lot of money to do it. Ease up on the hate.

And to "old fart" you had a dream about tackling Werth while he wearing a bra and garter? Umm that is wayyyy more gay....and not the eminem kind.

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous philsrock said...

oh you padres fans - get over it!

the fact that you were trembling with rage is pathetic. can't believe you were lame enough to tell the world about it.

werth is a talented player (3 HR in one game, anyone?) who plays with a ton of heart and grit. we here in philly LOVE him. it also doesn't hurt that he's gorgeous!

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to hear your latest review of the talented Mr. Werth. Talk to me when he's in the world series bitches. Go Phillies. And to philsrock... he is gorgeous, back up off my man... there's just another reason for you sissy la-la's to hate on him...

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing about the talented Jay Dub... he's got a reason to brush his shoulders off, shout out to his stunt double stayup420 you know who you are

At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Cathie said...

First fo all,,, GET A LIFE!!!! Jayson Werth is a talented ball player. He can play right,left and center feild with confidence, He can hit well and run with speeds that only few can compare!!! Oh and he steals bases with attempt/succcess rates that are up to par with the Best in the game. I also might add that the few times I have seen him interviewed, he has been VERY humble, even when he has outstanding sucess at the plate. I truly think he is a role model for children everywhere. Kudos to his Family for raising such a FINE young man, Thanks Cathie from Pa.

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous yeah said...

So you hate him because he spells his name with a Y and he caught a fly ball.

Are you retarded?

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does that make him gay if his name is spelled with a y? And you shouldnt of even been yelling at him like that anyway. he had the right to do that to u. You shouldnt critise a good player like jayson werth!

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go jayson's dad!!! (PS ur son is an amazing player)

At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

World fucking champions

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ED.....I'd like to see you come to Citizen's Bank Park in Philly and give Jayson Werth hell......:)
BTW-when is the last time that your Padres (the most boring team in baseball) won anything?

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get why you're so pissed at a player who basically ignored your yelling. He didn't get all huffy and start throwing shit at you or yelling back. He did what most players would do. Acknowledge your taunts with a taunt of his own. Maybe I'm impartial cause Werth is on the Phillies now and he may have changed since back in the day, but nothing in your blog made me think..."wow Werth is an asshole". And we've definitely had some assholes on the Phils in the past. I loved Lenny Dykstra but I knew he was a douche from before the whole bankruptcy ordeal.

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Werth is a f*ck stick, plain and simple. He fits in well on the Nats with fellow a$$holes Harper and Pappelbon.


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