Werth capitalizes on second chance
Let go by Dodgers, outfielder plays key role for '08 Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth, then of the Dodgers, wasn't going to be denied against Matt Herges, then of the Giants.So on what he remembered as the 12th pitch of his bottom-of-the-ninth at-bat on Oct. 2, 2004, Werth sliced a single for the tying run. The one-out hit kept the bases loaded for Steve Finley, who crushed a walk-off grand slam, giving the Dodgers a 7-3 win and the National League West title.
Werth contends that there are no hard feelings, and most of the Dodgers he knew are gone, except for Brad Penny, so this is just a series involving two teams trying to get to the World Series.But he smiled at the irony. "This is the good stuff, to go from an unknown situation to being part of a team that comes back and wins the East," Werth said. "Ever since I can remember, I've always had a bat or glove in my hand and always wanted to play baseball. When you get something like that taken away and get a second chance, who wouldn't want to do that. But to actually do it, that's what dreams are made of." Maybe the best way to describe Werth now is by what he said on Oct. 2, 2004, of his at-bat against Herges. "I got mad and I said to myself, 'You can't fail,'" he said. 'You can't give up.'"
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.