Ticket-gate is gaining traction as a mainstream media story now, and I love it that the Washington Post mentioned my blogging buddy The Nationals Enquirer in the second paragraph. Recognize!
I do have a pretty big question about the closing quote from the Phils' Jayson Werth:
During pregame introductions at Nationals Park Monday, Phillies fans booed Nationals staff and players and chanted "Sucks!" after the public announcer bellowed each name.
"That was impressive," Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth said. "It felt like all of right field was only Phillies fans. This kind of started to be our home away from home a little bit."
OK, some background before my question. As much as I hate to admit this, I really like a lot of the Phillies because, well, they're really good. REALLY good. Werth is one of my favorites. I'd pay an arm and a leg to have him in right field for the Nats.
If he was speaking of the general turnout of Phils fans and all, I'm fine with that. It is impressive.
If he was speaking specifically of the "sucks" chants during introductions and calling that impressive, I'm not fine with that and I'll lose a little respect for him. That's not impressive. That's juvenile trash.
I'd really like to know.
Let me add, 90 minutes after my original post: My fear is Werth was talking about the "sucks" chants because Adam is not the type to intentionally write something out of context. If Werth was indeed talking about the fan turnout in general, I don't want my post to come off as a knock on Adam. Proper context is important, always, but you write a zillion stories over the course of a spring and a season and sometimes, well, sometimes it doesn't happen.
Update at 4:30 p.m.: Adam added this explanation at the end of his current NJ:
One very quick clarification: In the story I wrote for today's paper, I ended with a quote from Werth. A few people wondered if he was talking about the fans jeering Nationals or about the crowd in general. Werth was talking about the crowd in general, and it is obvious how it could be misconstrued that he was talking specifically about the jeering. It was unintentional, but I should have been more careful with the quote and the context.
Me again - never for a minute thought it would be intentional. Another reason why I love Adam. Things happen. He owns up.
Congrats, too, to my man Chico for winning an APSE award as noted in that Nationals Journal.