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"My dad was always yelling, 'Be more aggressive, be more aggressive.' But that wasn't me. Ever since I was small, I've always been a patient hitter," he said, "maybe to a fault."
Werth has faced Burnett twice since that August, 2005 meeting in regular-season games. The last time was in Yankee Stadium this past May, when he hit a two-run homer. That, Werth said, wasn't about revenge, either.
"I've faced him a few times," Werth began.
But if he was thinking about saying anything more, teammate Chase Utley, who had been listening in from a few lockers to Werth's left, counseled "Don't go there."
Werth looked up. And heeded Utley's advice.
"Whoever's out there, it's the same approach," he said, almost dutifully. "There's nothing more to it."
Some 15 minutes earlier, as Ryan Howard, another Phils teammate, was getting ready to leave, someone asked him whether hitters ever forget some of the pitchers they've faced at critical junctures in their career.
"It all depends," Howard said, "on what kind of history you've got with the guy."
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