Miami Gardens, FL--Phillies pitcher Vance Worley took the mound on Monday night against the Marlins and held the struggling team to two hits and zero runs in seven innings of work. An impressive performance no matter what place in the standings the opposing team occupies.
The young pitcher, with a 2.20 era and a 4-1 record, is beginning to slowly make a name for himself in the Major Leagues and hopes to remain with the team for the duration of the season after being called up from Lehigh Valley. However, the Sacramento native apparently needs to work harder at making a name for himself with his own father.
"Vance? Who's Vance? It's Vince. Show some respect for my son," said Worley's father outside the Phillies locker room at Sun Life Stadium when asked if he was proud of his son's big league performance. "I'm extremely proud of VINCE, thank you for asking."
When shown a copy of Vance's birth certificate the father was overly embarrassed and abruptly excused himself from the small group of reporters loitering in the stadium hallway. Later, when Mr Worley asked his family--who all made the trip from northern California--why it took nearly 24 years to correct him, they all smiled and began the slow clap, fast clap in an effort to change the subject.
"My dad has been calling me Vince for a long long time," said the pitcher Worley. "He was just so darn proud of Vince that I didn't have the heart to tell him it was Vance."