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Dellucci upset with Wells' comments

Dellucci upset with Wells' comments

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PHILADELPHIA -- David Dellucci looked justifiably surprised at this particular curveball, thrown at him during David Wells' latest rant.

"Let me take a deep breath here," the Phillies outfielder said, with one foot on his chair and the other firmly on the ground.

Dellucci didn't mince words. He said he didn't appreciate even the suggestion that his 29-homer season in Texas was achieved in any means other than natural.

"He doesn't think sometimes before he speaks," Dellucci said of Wells after Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Red Sox. "This is the last thing I expected to hear from anybody.

"I'll say this: I've been tested. I've been tested this offseason. I've been tested a number of times last year. I leave the stadium after midnight every night because I'm working out. I do that this year, and I did that in Texas."

Wells never directly accused Dellucci during his 30-minute media session with reporters, only a sentence of which focused on the Phillies bench player. Other topics included Barry Bonds, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Babe Ruth, Wells' idol. Wells merely suggested that home run production has decreased since penalties have increased.

He appeared to be using Dellucci as an example, as if to say he could understand how people could think that because of his production.

"You see a little bitty guy hitting 30 home runs ... what, Dellucci, I guess?" Wells said. "How many home runs did he hit last year? 29. Has he ever done that in his career? How many has he hit this year? So, the numbers have gone down tremendously since all this has come up. I know Dave, I've never suspected him of doing them."

Dellucci has one homer this season, but in just 34 at-bats. He's received significantly less playing time than the 500-plus plate appearances last season in Texas -- which plays in a notorious hitters' park.

"Anyone that's ever played with me knows I spend a lot of time in the weight room," Dellucci said. "Yes, I hit 29 home runs, which is the most in my career. But I also had over 500 plate appearances, which is also the most in my career. The year before, I hit 17 with 300 plate appearances. In 2001, I hit 11 with 240 plate appearances. So you do the math."

Dellucci said this with the contention that one should consider the source of such comments, and Wells has a reputation for making controversial statements.

"It's a huge slap in the face. I detest [steroids] just like everybody else," Dellucci said. "I've probably been an advocate of drug testing. For everything I do in the season, it's a huge slap in my face.

"I played with [Wells] in New York [with the Yankees]. I got along great with him. I have no idea why he would bring me into it. Maybe because my home run production is down this year because I have only 34 at-bats. It's absolutely uncalled for."

Dellucci did offer Wells an invitation.

"If he wants to join me and work out after the game, I'll be more than happy to see if he can go through it, and then maybe he'll understand," Dellucci said. "I got drug tested last week, and I'll do it every single day to make him happy. But I think everybody I've played with knows that I work harder than anybody else."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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