The Subway Series spawns all kinds of events for former Yankees and Mets–even guys who spent only a short time on either club.
Dennis Werth is one of those guys. His stepson is Jayson Werth, who had the game of his young career Friday night, hitting three homers and driving in eight runs for the Phillies.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Joining some former Yankees and Mets, Dennis Werth was signing autographs at a sports-card show in Secaucus, N.J., on Friday night when he received a text message from his wife.
"Jayson hit a bomb," it said.
The elder Werth, who had brief major-league stints with the Yankees and Kansas City Royals, continued signing and continued getting text messages.
By the end of the night, Werth was bombarded with texts and phone calls. His stepson, Jayson Werth, had stroked three home runs and equaled a Phillies record with eight RBIs in a 10-3 win over Toronto.
Dennis Werth went back to his hotel room.
"I didn’t want to call him, because I knew he’d be busy with you guys [reporters]," said Werth, sitting in the Phillies’ dugout before last night’s game. "So I texted him."
"Dude, what can I say?!"
Werth said he was playing off the Bud Light "Dude" commercial.
"That commercial cracks me up," he said.
Werth, 55, was so hyped by his stepson’s performance that he couldn’t sleep Friday when he went to his hotel room. "I was up at 4 [a.m.], watching the replays," he said. "It was fun."
Werth, an orthopedic sales representative, had planned to return to his home in Springfield, Ill., yesterday. Instead, he took a train to Philadelphia and surprised his stepson by showing up at the ballpark.