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Roberts' family predicted Jayson Werth homer

May 7, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

werth headshot.jpgCraig gave a nice obituary Thursday on the life and times of former major leaguer Robin Roberts, who passed away suddenly at the age of 83.  Now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has added to the legend.

According to Gelb, Roberts’ 18-year-old granddaughter Jennifer had a premonition when Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth stepped to the plate Thursday against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse.  She predicted that he would homer in honor of her grandfather, and he did just that.

“She said Werth was going to hit a home run just for Pops,” Roberts’ son Jim told the Inquirer. “And then he did. There were quite a
few tears in our living room at that point.”

The Phillies went on to win 7-2, taking three-of-four games from the NL Central-leading Redbirds.  Werth was informed of the prediction after the game.

“That’s [amazing] right there,” the Phillies’ rightfielder said, rubbing the goosebumps on his arm.

Werth, 30, is batting a scorching .354 this season with a .417 on-base percentage and five home runs in 99 at-bats.  The Phils stand 17-11, good enough for first place in the National League East.

  1. jjschiller - May 7, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    “That’s [amazing]”????
    What on earth did he actually say that [amazing] has to be added by the journalist?
    Captcha: To Runnels (Maybe he actually said “That’s to runnels right there.”)

  2. 60eagles - May 7, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    The Phillies family and all of Pennsylvania lost a legend. I grew up as a kid in the 50’s and just fell in love with this magnificent pitcher. He had it all. How about 35 straight complete games, won 28 games one season, 6 straight seasons winning 20 or more games, pitching a 17 inning 300 pitch game, starting 3 games in the last 5 games of the 1950 season when the Quakers won the NL pennant. Never a mean word from his mouth, started 5 all star games. This is stuff of hall of famers. Ops, he is in the HOF. The Philadelphia A’s Bobby Shantz and the Philadelphia Phillies Robin Roberts were the starting pitchers on a rainy all star game (called after 5 innings)at Connie Mack Stadium in the early 50’s. I was there. My late beloved mother took me to the game. I have his autographed baseball, hat and his wonderful book. The Whiz Kids, they are almost all gone now. I know, I know, I shouldn’t say this, but he was a Saint.

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