Gary Cohen: Why would Francisco throw at Jayson Werth?
Ron Darling: Because he’s a fool, that’s why.
The New York Mets brought back Frank Francisco from oblivion this season because their bullpen was depleted, but also in the off chance somebody might be desperate enough to trade for him.
After his despicable display Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, any team wanting him would not only be desperate, but stupid as well.
With the game in the balance in the eighth inning and behind 3-0 in the count, Francisco drilled Jayson Werth in the back after giving up back-to-back doubles to Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman. It was obvious; Francisco was in trouble and wanted his pound of flesh.
Of course, Francisco later said it was unintentional and he was “obviously all over the place,’’ but the Nationals weren’t buying. Players know, and Werth took out Ruben Tejada with an aggressive slide that could have broken the shortstop’s ankle.
Werth, obviously, was sending his own message.
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