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He says he kind of feels bad. He says he behaved kind of out of character. But Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth isn't exactly apologizing for yelling a profanity at a fan who blocked him from catching a foul ball that was in the stands Thursday as the fan's young son watched and listened. It happened "in the heat of the moment," Werth said amid backlash a day later. "But I don't feel bad about playing hard." The Phillies fan, in the first row at Citizens Bank Park, didn't interfere with Werth while snagging a foul drive that could have been the third out vs. the Reds in the 12th inning with the score tied. A Philly radio station aired what it said was an interview with the fan, identified only as Pat; he said he instinctively reached for the ball to protect his son. Among those not on his side was the Phillies. Their website had a link to a video of the catch with the headline "Fan steals catch from Werth." The batter, Drew Stubbs, eventually grounded out, and the Phils won 4-3 in 12.
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Today's edition of Parent Gone Wild
A Pennsylvania youth baseball coach accused of punching his 9-year-old son in the face after the boy was ejected from a game has been charged with assault. Ray Boudreau of Enola, a Harrisburg suburb, handled the situation Monday poorly but struck his son on the back, his lawyer, Brian Perry, said. Perry said the boy was ejected for throwing his helmet after being thrown out at third.
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CHECK IT OUT
Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden is working part time as an offensive line coach at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa - Gruden's son Deuce is the high school's quarterback and strong safety - and ESPN is chronicling his experience. It will run a three-part special Sunday, Monday and Tuesday on SportsCenter at night.