It helps to be healthy - and hot.

Injuries stalled Jayson Werth's career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, so the Dodgers made him a free agent rather than re-sign him after he missed the entire 2006 season following surgery on his left wrist. The Phillies signed him instead, and the move has paid off - especially last night.

Werth slammed three homers - one a grand slam - and tied a team record with eight RBIs in the Phils' 10-3 victory over Toronto.

Werth, who comes from a baseball family that includes grandfather Dick "Ducky" Schofield, uncle Dick Schofield, and stepfather Dennis Werth, answered questions Thursday from fans who regularly read The Inquirer's Phillies blog, The Phillies Zone, at

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Here is what you asked and what he had to say:

Question:

If you could have dinner with any three major-league baseball players, living or dead, who would they be?

A:

Mickey Mantle - because he's Mickey Mantle. Ty Cobb - because he's Ty Cobb. And the third one? Jackie Robinson - because of all the stuff that he went through. I'd just like to pick his brain about it.

Q:

How is playing in Philadelphia different from playing in Los Angeles?

A:

I would say that the big difference is the park and the fans. The park is more hitter-friendly, and the fans are - less friendly?

Q:

Do you feel you have more to prove coming from an athletic family?

A:

Wow. Maybe, I guess. I don't know. I'm not answering that.

Q:

Other than the female streaker in Colorado, what was your most interesting interaction with a fan?

A:

One night at Fenway ... I was playing for Toronto at the time, and this would have been September 2002. I'm pretty fresh. I had just gotten called up. . . . I'm playing right field. So this guy down the right-field line, right by Pesky Pole in the fourth row, was yelling at me for, like, most of the game. By the fifth inning, he had enough. He stood on his chair, got my attention, turned around and mooned me. Bare ass, right there in the middle of the game, in between pitches. That was by far the most interesting.

Q:

What would you be doing if you weren't playing baseball?

A:

I'd be playing football, but I've never played football.

Q:

What are the differences in playing left, center and right field?

A:

There are a lot of differences. The corners are similar, but center is a lot different, and each corner is different from each other. There's a lot of differences, just the way the ball comes off the bat. But that's the main one.

Q:

Do you ever get mistaken for WWE wrestler The Edge?

A:

Yes. Not mistaken, but people say, "You look like Edge." I think I'm a little bit bigger than him, though. I have more muscle for sure.

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