Phillies pitcher comes to Delaware to escape World Series disappointment

Phillies pitcher Vance Worley would rather be hanging out in the Phillies bull pen today, but he’s just as proud of the fact that he is able to give back through his visit to a Habitat for Humanity site in Wilmington.

Worley came to the work site at 97 Vandever Street where he helped those who were putting up the framing of the house.  It was almost like being at the ball park.  He autographed the beam he was working on, just like he would a baseball.

But it wasn’t the same.  Worley says it’s been hard to watch October baseball.  In fact he hasn’t watched any of the St. Louis Cardinals-Texas Rangers series.  He wishes that his rookie season in which he went 11-3 would have ended next week instead of two weeks ago.

Worley says he does have some familiarity with power tools, his father was in construction.  He said he isn’t in that league when it comes to driving in nails, and he says pounding nails today is not a release for the frustrations of the team losing in the National League Division Series. “If I was taking out my frustrations I don’t think these walls would be standing,” he said.

The mohawked style Worley did look like he was having a good time as he donned a blue hard hat with his nick name “Vanimal” taped across the top.

This Habitat for Humanity construction is known as the Mill Stone project.  It’s 21 homes and the largest such work done by Habitat to date.  Phase 1 of the project, which includes 12 homes, should be complete by the spring of 2012.

Worley was one of 30 volunteers who work Tuesday through Saturday each week to build the homes.

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