Is Vance Worley the Unsung Hero In Philadelphia or Just Part of the Equation?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 26: Starting pitcher Vance Worley #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on July 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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To any given Philadelphia Phillies’ fan, the contributions and accomplishments that Vance Worley has provided the Philadelphia faithful do not go unnoticed.

But to the average baseball fan, the name Vance Worley may have little recognition.

Vance Worley’s 2011 darling of a season began in June against a Mariners’ team that couldn’t hit the blind side of a barn if it was 10 feet in front of them, but despite Seattle’s hitting woes, Worley still gave up five hits and struck out only three.

Not bad, but not great.

Since then, the only team to really give Worley any sort of trouble was the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of July—everything else has been birthday presents and celebrations.

After his last outing against the World Series champs, Worley now owns a stellar 8-1 record with an equally exquisite 1.79 ERA since coming back from the minors in June.

And here we are.

The Phillies are now flirting with the possibility of 105 wins or better, which could raise the argument of comparison to the 1975 Cincinnati Reds or the 1986 New York Mets, and the reason for that possible comparison is in fact Vance Worley.

But at the forefront are many other household names like Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, etc.…with Worley still somewhat being that “oh, yeah he’s pretty good…’’ kind of guy.

An unsung hero is one who is defined by his contributions and accomplishments for the greater good that often go unnoticed.

In essence, Worley could be viewed as an unsung hero.

But does that really matter?  The fact is, Worley is doing exactly what the team expects him to do and then some and it has been a paramount addition to what this team has done all year long.

Furthermore, this team is a TEAM FIRST competitor in MLB sporting an all-time low in egos, controversies and independent player separation which other teams can’t seem to accomplish.

Basically this Phillies team is more like a family, not a collective payroll.

Each player on this team feeds off of each other and their undying collective faithful.

This is a team that on any given day will say “come get us” and when they are down in the seventh, turn around and say “now it’s our turn, are you ready?”

This is a team that is constructed on the idealism of everybody plays as a collective, and it is that collective that has risen above the cream of the crop.

They ARE the cream right now.

So when one takes an objective look at Worley, yes, you could suggest he is an unsung hero.

But to me, Worley is just another part of a larger equation; an equation that is soundly constructed, incredibly difficult to crack and unwavering in their march towards the inevitable.