A young child may have been scarred for life last night after his father, who was in perfect position to catch a foul ball, didn’t yield to the advances of mountain man Jayson Werth as he also attempted to catch the fly. Except, you know, if Jayson Werth caught the ball it’d end up as an out instead of a memento on top of the fireplace. Unfortunately for the Phillies and the virgin ears of the foul ball catcher’s kid, the dad caught the ball and Werth unleashed a string of cuss words that would’ve sent him straight to the principal’s office. At least Werth can claim he was just trying to expand the young boy’s vocabulary.
Is it okay for outfielders to flip out on fans who interfere on foul balls that would’ve helped the home team? Probably not, unless that foul ball was of monumental importance like the old Steve Bartman-Moises Alou playoff incident of 2003. Werth, who’s been mired in a two week slump, probably just made that kid lose all respect for his father over a measly out in a game the Phillies ended up winning anyway. You see the look on the son’s face!? It’s like he just saw the family dog get run over by a freight train! If I were the father I’d wait until Werth was done unleashing his stream of F-bombs and then politely ask if he’d like the ball back. Or pegged him in the face with it. WHO’S THE BIGGER MAN NOW?!
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