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Photo of the Day: Philly welcomes back Jayson Werth

May 4, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

All accounts I’ve heard of the Nats-Phillies game last night had Jayson Werth being quite warmly received by the Philadelphia crowd in his return to Citizens Bank Park.  Some initial boos based on intertia and habit, I presume, but those melted away when Werth tipped his hat to the crowd.

Or it’s possible that those boos came from the three sign-wielding doorknobs in the left of this picture — taken from the Diamond Club by HBT reader Chris Conner; higher-res available here — and that they simply gave up booing when someone jingled their keys in front of their faces or distracted them with raw meat:

Stay classy, three idiots on the left!

  1. Chris Fiorentino - May 4, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    “Welcome back loser” and “Nice beard stupid”(I can’t even make out the third sign you are talking about) is grounds for them being “doorknobs” and “idiots”? Geeze Craig, you are being just a tad over-sensitive there, don’t ya think? And you call us over-sensitive.

    • mattraw - May 4, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      I think if I were Werth I’d feel honored. Also, is the guy in the white shirt Charlie Day?

    • b7p19 - May 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      I tend to agree. Those are good signs for the situation. Especially the “nice beard stupid” sign. Nothing hurtful, just playfully ribbing an ex-player that by all accounts can handle a joke or two. No profanity, no family included, seems OK to me. For all we know they were cheering later.

    • marshmallowsnake - May 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      3 reasons to dislike Philly fans…funny how the minority ruins it for all…

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Oh come on boys…calling Werth a loser and stupid isn’t all that bad. Jesus Christ lighten the hell up. They didn’t get personal, didn’t use foul language, and didn’t say anything bad about his wife or kids. It’s all in good fun. You guys are all wound way too tight around here man.

      • marshmallowsnake - May 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Right…because attacking one’s appearance is never personal…nope…never.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      “Attacking one’s appearance”???????? Seriously? Ugh. Why do I get myself into these debates with you guys. I’m done. You win. Those guys holding those signs ought to be dragged out into the Darien Street and hung by the lamp posts for talking about Werth’s beard. The nerve of them!!!! The shame. Oh the shame.

  2. halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Arggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!

    • ahealthyscratch - May 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Do you have siblings? If so, you’d understand that Craig is just baiting you at this point, and that your responses only push him further. Life’s too short to be offended all the time.

    • paperlions - May 4, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Is it talk like a pirate day? Damn, I’ve wasted all morning talkin’ normal.

      • Gobias Industries - May 4, 2011 at 1:06 PM

        Shiver me timbers, didn’t you get the memo, you scallywag? Blimey.

  3. ahealthyscratch - May 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    I’m a Phils fan. And I’m ok with calling them doorknobs. Only because, c’mon. If they put time into those signs and that is the best they can do, that’s pretty terrible.

    I think these are probably the same guys who had those stupid signs saying Lincecum was a hippie during the NLCS last year.

    • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      I’m a Phightins Phan, too, but I’m not okay with calling them doorknobs, since the knobs on doors are smarter.

  4. bigxrob - May 4, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    They loved the beard last year.

    • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      Not really. It’s always been over the top. He looked/s like a hobo. We liked when he produced anything on the field, not his face.

  5. halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Alright, Craig, I’ve composed myself.

    At least the so-called “doorknobs” pack the stadium every night with over 45,000 people in attendance.

    Raw meat? Actually, what distracted them is when they looked at the scoreboard and realized that the Braves games was postponed, so they could not celebrate another Braves loss.

  6. timmay825 - May 4, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    I’m the doorknob holding the NICE BEARD STUPID sign. Really Craig? “Doorknob” and raw meat jokes? That’s the best you can do BLOG BOY?? Grow a sense of humor.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      I have a wonderful sense of humor. And I really don’t care if you taunt Werth or not. But Christ, at least be funny with it. “Loser?” “Stupid?” My god, are you in the fourth grade?

      • b7p19 - May 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Usually with you Craig, but I’d rather see those signs than something more “adult” (or not 4th grade as you put it).

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        No Craig. You said “Stay classy three idiots on the left” That says you were offended by the signs…NOT that they weren’t funny. If you thought they weren’t funny, you would have said something different than “Stay Classy” Nice try.

      • Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2011 at 1:09 PM

        I don’t care if they taunt Werth. Their doing it doesn’t offend me. I simply would not have done it myself and I believe that doing it — when the guy was an instrumental part of a championship team — is classless. I also think the signs are unfunny.

        If you want to believe that those are inconsistent statements, feel free too.

      • Chris Fiorentino - May 4, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        OK, so if the signs were really funny and clever(which I agree they really weren’t), you still would have said they were classless and called the guys idiots then, right?

      • Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        Humor can go a long way to salvage a taunt, even if taunting is unwarranted. Because, by definition, it would be a funny act, not a classless one.

        Calling someone a stupid loser, however, changes both the nature of the sign and the humor.

    • bigxrob - May 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Congratulations.

    • cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      timmay825; What’s the sign on your right say? Looks like “viva…” something.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      TIMMAY TIMMAY TIMMAY! AHAHAHAHAH, Phils fans suck! “Doorknob” and “blog boy” both seem a little wussy to me. Can we ramp this up a little? Also, “nice beard stupid” lacks the creativity I would think a Phils fan would have sitting in those nice seats. I mean, you know the sign will get all types of looks, so why not put something funny on it?

      • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        Philadelphia really was never known for its sharp residents. Mostly just for douchey fans, cheese steaks, and a cracked bell.

      • b7p19 - May 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        Oh yeah, Ben Franklin never was the sharpest tac in the board…right?

      • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        I never said that there has never been a sharp Philadelphian, I simply stated that the residents aren’t known for being bright. However, reaching all the way back to the 1700′s does help your case.

      • bigxrob - May 4, 2011 at 12:17 PM

        Wasn’t Franklin born in Boston?

      • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        Well, that settles it.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 4, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        Hmmmm, funny eh, El Bravo?

        B- Beer swilling
        R- Redneck-ish
        A- Ankle biting
        V- Varmint-ish
        O- Oxen?

        …something like that? :-)

        ( i have no issue resorting to child like tactics, next up, mommy insults )

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 4, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        1. YER MY BOY BLUE!
        2. Bravo – definition: to be awesome and love pie.

      • cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        ‘Awesome’ & ‘love pie’ are mutually exclusive terms. You can’t be one and like the other. You sir, are deluded.

        El Bravo – definition: to be deluded and to have congress with pie. Sicko.

        ps. All cake. All the time.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        1) Old School reference……1/2 a point

        2) The ice cream liberation front is on good terms with pie…… you provide us support come Thanksgiving…….

      • cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 2:12 PM

        That does it. We the cake eaters place the ICL on probation. When the revolution comes you will not be on the protected lists. Prepare to beg for mercy ice cream eaters!

      • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        Hey, stink—that’s right. Cake has been by ice cream’s side through thick and thicker (girthwise, anyway). And you decide to side with pie for one day out of the year?

      • Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 2:25 PM

        Pie eaters beg for one thing. And it sure isn’t mercy, that’s for the French to do. We beg for more pie!

        Shhh Ut, I’m trying to lure the Ice cream guild to our corner. Warm apple pie and Vanilla bean were born to be together.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Utley’s Hair and Cur68, you’ve convinced me. I switching from pie to cake. I am now a cake man.

        Cur68, I knew you were special now that I know that you are a Blue Jays and Roy Halladay fan. Enjoy the ride, my friend. Watch the Phillies and Roy Halladay, the best pitch in baseball, blaze through the National League to the World Series. Roy will get his ring.

      • b7p19 - May 4, 2011 at 2:30 PM

        “Wasn’t Franklin born in Boston?” Good job. You get an A in History. Unfortunatly, you get a D in English. Look up the word resident.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 4, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        Hair! Cur! You misunderstand me…..the support the pie provides is by being underneath the ice cream, like a bingo chair……right where they belong on that glorious day!

        Besides, like I said the other day, we’re nuetral…….with our own fleet of trucks, our own compounds within every grocery store, and outposts in every shopping venue, mall, etc in the world….

        You want us on that wall, you need us on that wall

      • Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 2:54 PM

        You guys are insufferable! I will now end trying to make you sensible and pick pie. Now I’m going to go eat a couple of Kandy Kakes.. Uh nevermind, you saw nothing.

      • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        HA!!!!!! Jonny’s got cream on his face!!!!!! Oh, wait…never mind….

      • Alex K - May 4, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        Just so everyone is clear it goes like this

        1. Ice Cream
        2. Cake
        100,000,000. Pie

      • cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM

        Cake! 1000%. LOL.

  7. timmay825 - May 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Our signs are hilarious in their simplicity. Usually 4 words or less. What are we supposed to write, foul language and get the signs taken away/kicked out? The 3rd sign says VIVA LA STOOL, paying homage to barstoolsports.com, which if you haven’t heard of it is a sports blog that’s actually funny and entertaining.

    • bigxrob - May 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      I agree that you are simple, but hilarious? Not so much.

    • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      Sir, judging by your physical appearance, it would seem as though you were once an outstanding athlete. Can you tell me, would you have taken your talents to DC for an offer that was far and away the best available?

      • halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        “Philadelphia really was never known for its sharp residents. Mostly just for douchey fans, cheese steaks, and a cracked bell.”

        I wonder, what great sports city are you from, loser?

      • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 12:20 PM

        The one up the road that is home of the most successful sports franchise in North American sports history, tank.

      • timmay825 - May 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        Just like 99.9% of the people posting here I was never an outstanding athlete, I’m overweight and clumsy. And if paid properly, I’d hold a sign that says “I LOVE CRAIG CALCATERRA” at the game tonight in the same seats.

      • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        So a former player leaving for more money than anyone was going to offer seems like a totally justifiable reason to be a douchey fan.

      • timmay825 - May 4, 2011 at 12:36 PM

        Yup. Sounds about right.

      • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        There is that Philadelphia smarts coming out now.

      • Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        So Fans of another team booing one of their former players seems like a justifiable reason to be a douche bag of a person?

      • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 1:09 PM

        Apparently only in New York, Jonny. Or so banksatdixie would have you believe.

      • banksatdixie - May 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM

        Says the fan of the team who has lost the most game in Major League history.

      • Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Plural of Game is “games” douchnozzle (copyright elbravo)

        And what does that have to do with anything anyway? You should watch before you damn an entire region to idiocy. Calling an entire fan base douchey, is not only wrong, but also not realistic. Then you follow it all up by being even more of a douche yourself. Nice, glad you have that going for you anyway..

      • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        So the one bashing the “smarts” of Philly fans doesn’t know the difference between singular and plural? Interesting.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        Go eat a bag of di*ks, Yankees scumbag.

        Phillies lost the most games in MLB history? Yeah, you’re right. That tends to happen when our franchise is 118 years old, one of the oldest in MLB.

        Speaking of physical appearance, someone should tell CC Sabathia and Joba to lay off the the food. Maybe your team would play better.

    • cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      timmay825; Actually “VIVA LA STOOL” is pretty hilarious. In fact, since its an unintentional hilarity and makes you guys seem to be fecalphiliacs, its the funniest one there. Well done. Now get help.

  8. Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    ” What are we supposed to write, foul language and get the signs taken away/kicked out?”

    So your position is that you can’t taunt in a funny way without foul language? And you call yourself funny and entertaining?

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 4, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      Again, you didn’t mock the “funniness” of the signs. You said “Stay Classy” which means you thought they weren’t classy. You are trying to backtrack, Craig.

      • Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        See my response to you above. One can believe that taunting Werth is classless while simultaneously believing that they are unfunny.

        But if you wish to think otherwise, don’t let me stop you.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        Well, if he were returning to Turner field, there would be no signs held up at all because there would be no fans there to hold them up.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo snap

  9. timmay825 - May 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Go ahead Craig. Give us some better ones for next time.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      I don’t think I have the requisite “hilarity and simplicity” for that.

      • timmay825 - May 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        Of course you don’t…Stupid.

      • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        Your wit is astoundingly sharp. I have no idea how Craig could ever top it. Perhaps with a tersely spoken “Your Mama.” Yup, that pretty much does it.

  10. halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    All kidding aside, as a Phillies fan, I’m sick of all the local and national coverage that Werth’s return is getting. It first started 3 weeks ago when the Phillies visited the Nats. The fans went down there and booed him, and this got a ton of coverage. Then, last night the Nats come to Philly, and it’s the same crap all over again.

    It’s not like Werth is returning after being in Philly for 10 years. He was only here for FOUR years!

    Good player, yes. Deserving of all this attention, no.

    • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Yes, he was here for only four years. But they’ve were four of the best years in Phightins history. So I’m okay with all the attention given to the situation. After this series? Yes, it can go away, but it’s okay for now.

      • Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        Not me man, I love it. I relish every minute. Keep up the good work . Doorknobs unite!!!

      • cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        Agree. I love watching this whole thing from the sidelines. You guys are not only hilariously over the top you do good insults (some of you). I wish Jays fans were more like Phans. It would be so much more interesting.

        When Roy Halladay comes back to to Toronto I’d love to think we’d have the exact same reaction to him as JW gets in Philly. Instead, we’ll cheer like crazy for him then, in the remote chance the Beavermen beet the Phills, we’ll apologize.

  11. kellyb9 - May 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    I was at this game, and I cheered Jayson Werth. What I find frustrating is that the people that booed Werth are the same people that get fed up with the constant mention of the Santa Claus incident a few decades ago. Can’t have it both ways, this guy helped win us a World Series, and had a chance at a huge payday, I have no problem with that. Philly wasn’t paying him that kind of money, hell, nobody was paying him that much money.

    • bigxrob - May 4, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      Well said.

  12. Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Don’t you all see??? This is just an attempt by an evil mastermind to have signs that say things like “Craig Calcaterra is a whiney pinko commie” or “Go to HBT @NBC to get some wine with your cheesiness” Ya know, stuff like that…. Don’t fall for the trick people!!! Or go ahead… You know what they say about paybacks….

    I will now apologize for any future Craig bashing signs at Phills games.

  13. halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    To all Braves fans on this forum….Go eat a bag of di*ks!

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      Can’t. Had a bag last night.

      • indyralph - May 4, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        Look at that. Simple, no foul language, and hilarious all at the same time. It is possible.

  14. eagles512 - May 4, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    There isn’t a more overused and less funny line than “stay classy”

  15. Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    http://mobilwi.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a6dde087970b01538e4667c6970b-500wi

    • halladaysbicepts - May 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      Charlie is 100% right on this. I don’t want a repeat of last year when Jim Thome of the Twins were in town and the Philly fans cheered after he hit a homerun. I was extremely pissed off when they cheered him, and I loved Thome. But come on, once they leave, they become the enemy when you’re team plays them.

    • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      I’ll do my best.

      • halladaysbiceps - May 4, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Hair, like my “corrected” login name? I hope this will further qualify me as a cake man.

      • Utley's Hair - May 4, 2011 at 4:08 PM

        Um…you look familiar…kinda like someone who was here before…but I can’t quite put my finger on it…but you like cake, so, welcome. :P

  16. halladaysbiceps - May 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    To the douchebags that have a problem with my spelling mistake of bicepts, I have replaced my login with the correct spelling. I guess no one else has EVER made a spelling mistake before.

    Now that’s out of the way, try to out-debate me in baseball, and not spelling.

    • Alex K - May 4, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      If it was a typo, then why were you saying you did it on purpose, as a joke, at first?

      • halladaysbiceps - May 4, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Covering my ass. I knew I made the mistake from the get-go. Oh, well, that’s life.

  17. leftywildcat - May 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Werth leaves a great team that has three excellent starters, to go to a below-average team for more $, then his former team signs a 4th excellent starter, and you think it’s wrong to razz him with a sign calling him stupid?

    • stevincinci - May 7, 2011 at 12:08 AM

      Dude, Washington gave him multi millions more money than Philly offered. I’d say he was far from stupid. I guess you would work for 10 dollars an hour instead of 15 dollars an hour just because you liked your boss?

  18. kiwicricket - May 5, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    In other parts of the world, if you held up signs such as those, a fellow spectator would pee in a cup and pour it down your back every time you stood up. Civil? No. Provoking incident? Perhaps. Knob with the sign learns a new lesson? Certainly.

  19. macjacmccoy - May 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Come on its funny, obviously they werent being serious thats why they made such ridicolous signs. Its kinda sad you guys cant find humor in something that goofy. Its the same thing as calling them door knobs its funny bc its such a stupid thing to say. I get what there trying to do its not malicous its like booing your former gm for signing Cliff Lee its all in good fun. Obviously Werth gets it hes the same way which is 1 of things that made him so popular in Philly. So relax guys, he doesnt need you to defend him on this one. Its not that serious.

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