It wasn’t exactly Jackie Robinson, but Jayson Werth stunned the Dodgers with his steal of home on May 12th. In the process, Werth tied two Phillies records; one for stolen bases in a game (4), and one for stolen bases in an inning (3). He first noticed catcher Russell Martin’s lackadaisical attitude in regards to not looking at third base during the first pitch to Pedro Feliz. Werth then decided if Feliz had 2 strikes, he was going to make a break for it. So as a 2-2 fastball was delivered as a ball, Martin threw back to the pitcher, as he does thousands of times. Except this was no routine play, as Werth broke for home and made it safely.
Werth had this to say:
The first pitch, I knew I had it. If we got to two strikes, I felt like I had the timing. I knew it was going to be close, but I felt like I was going to be safe. I thought it was the right situation. Davey [Lopes] has been harping on us about being aggressive on the bases and not missing opportunities. I saw an opportunity, and I took it.
I like to be aggressive out there, sometimes to a fault. But you play hard and play the game the right way. Davey is a big part of our baserunning game. He sees stuff that people don’t see. He gives us information, little tidbits and stuff to pick up on and take advantage of the situation. I don’t think he gets enough credit for the stuff he does around here.
The fans gave Werth a standing ovation as he returned to the dugout, and wanted a curtain call. “Unexpected for sure,” Werth said. “You get a curtain call for stealing a base, that’s pretty special.”