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Sabotage?! Nationals’ Jayson Werth suspected culprit after Phillie Phanatic’s ATV stalls

David Brown
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This incriminating Vine would have us believe that the reason the Phillie Phanatic's ATV stalled Monday night was because of shenanigans performed on the vehicle by Washington Nationals slugger Jayson Werth — at the urging of teammate Ian Desmond.

The Phanatic, born in the Galapagos Islands and reared on the fighting streets of Philadelphia, apparently isn't much of an auto mechanic (via CSN Philly):

The Phanatic teased the visiting Nationals, caught the first pitch and entertained the fans. He then returned to his vehicle to drive off, but he experienced some difficulty: his ATV wouldn't start.

A team official, who chose not to be identified, said, "It's a machine. Sometimes things happen."

And sometimes "things" get a little help from saboteurs. Why is Werth a suspect? The phormer Phillie outphielder has a history of messing with the Phanatic's ATV, stealing the keys in 2012 during pregame events. This time, @recordsandradio — a Nats supporter — was keeping an eye out. While there's no definitive proof that Werth and possible mastermind Ian Desmond were behind the Phanatic's ride stalling, they could be named as persons of interest should authorities investigate any further. As always, Tommy Lasorda (the Phanatic's Italian Nemesis) also is a suspect.

Domonic Brown avenged the broken ATV with a game-ending single that sent the Phillies to a 5-4 victory. After setting team records in 2012, no matter what the Nats try — from lineup changes to alleged vehicular sabotage — it's been a tough season for them. Hopefully, they double-check the break line of the team bus before leaving town.

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