PHILADELPHIA—Jayson Werth was prepared for whatever reception fans in Philadelphia want to give him in his first game back since leaving for Washington.
Werth, a key member of the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship team, signed a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Nationals during the offseason. He spent four seasons in Philadelphia and developed into an All-Star outfielder after nearly giving up on baseball because of a wrist injury.
Werth was booed loudly by a large contingent of Phillies fans who made the trip to Washington when the teams met early in the season. He was a popular player during his time in Philadelphia, and spoke fondly of the fans.