July 10 Philadelphia Inquirer
” Jayson Werth said he felt “bad” about what happened along the right-field line during the 12th inning of the Phillies’ 4-3, 12-inning victory Thursday night against Cincinnati.
He didn’t say he was sorry about it.
After making a sensational catch against the right-field wall for the second out of the inning, Werth thought he was about to catch the third out by snatching a foul ball from the stands along the right-field line.
Instead, a fan reached up to make the catch, drawing a nasty reaction from the Phillies’ rightfielder and a few boos from the sellout crowd.
“There has been some backlash,” Werth said Friday when asked about the incident.
The fan, identified only by his first name, Pat, said during a radio interview on 97.5 The Fanatic that he was simply trying to protect his 10-year-old son from being hit by the baseball.
“If I don’t catch it, it’s hitting him in the head,” Pat said. “I wasn’t even thinking about Werth.”
According to the fan, Werth told him to “get out of my [expletive] way.”
“He shouldn’t have said that in front of my son,” Pat said. “He’s a huge Phillies fan, and Werth is one of the ones he really likes. He has been pretty quiet about it. I talked to him about it, but he isn’t saying too much.”
Werth said he was caught up in trying to win a close game.
“Honestly, in the heat of the moment and the situation that goes on on the field, I’m definitely in a different mind-set than I would be in a normal setting,” he said. “I don’t think I would have yelled at anybody like that if that wasn’t the case. We had the game on the line. If a guy comes up and hits a home run on the next pitch, I think it’s a pretty big deal.
“Obviously I feel bad for the guy and the kid and the people that were sitting around there. It was definitely out of character a little bit. I don’t feel bad about playing hard and going after balls in the stands and stuff like that. It’s just one of those deals. It is part of the game.””