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Jayson Werth meets the Phillies again

Apr 12, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

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It’s going to be a weird scene at Nats Park tonight for two reasons: 1. Jayson Werth is facing the Phillies for the first time since he signed his mega-deal with the Nats; and 2. Because it’s the Phillies in Washington, the park will likely be full of Philly fans invading the place like they did last year.

Which has me thinking that we have a two-tiered ethical question:

1. Is it acceptable to boo the guy who left the team for a ridiculous contract that your team never would have ever offered him?; and

2. Even if the answer is yes, is it acceptable to boo him in his own home park which you and several thousand of your friends happen to be invading?

It seems to me that booing Werth would more acceptable if he somehow truly spurned the Phillies, but the kind of money the Nats gave him was insane. Ruben Amaro would have been making a huge mistake to offer Werth that kind of cash, so Phillies fans should have a hard time holding it against him.

Likewise, it’s one thing to come to another team’s park like the Phillies fans do en masse — hey, if Nats fans don’t like it they can buy more tickets — but to boo in that park, on potentially dubious grounds?

Hmmm  … it’s times like this when we need Emily Post to weigh in.

  1. schmedley69 - Apr 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Most rational Phillies fans know that Werth didn’t spurn the Phillies. The booing probably has more to do with some of the things that he said on the way out, and the famous “I hate the Phillies” quote from Spring Training. That being said, booing him is counterproductive, because it gives him more incentive to stick it to us. It’s the Rod Barajas syndrome.

    • dmccarrie - Apr 13, 2011 at 8:58 AM

      Prophetic words dude.

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