Washington Columnists Are Already Burying Jayson Werth

And how is your Friday?

Ah yes, not unlike the turn of the seasons, there are few things you can count on more than some good ol' fashioned Jayson Werth bashing (here and in our nation’s capital).

Big Two Eight, $126 million man, isn’t too happy with the Nationals' losing ways (God, this only took like, what, two months?). Check out these quotes from Wednesday afternoon: [Washington Post]

“I’ve got some ideas obviously, and some thoughts, none I really want to share with the world. I think it’s pretty obvious what’s going on around here.”

“I’m not really going to get into it right now. It is what it is. It’s unfortunate. We’re a way better ballclub.”

“We have been close the whole time. We just can’t get over the hump. We get right there, and we have opportunities, we have chances to win games. We don’t win them, and we should."

“Good ballclubs are resilient. Good players are resilient, bounce back. I believe in these guys in here. We’ve got a great group of guys. We have a lot of talent. We just need to keep going. A lot of these guys are kind of still learning. We’ve got to make sure they continue to develop, regardless of if we’re winning or losing. I think that’s important for the future of this club. But things need to change.”


Uh oh.

Washington Post columnist Jason Reid thinks Werth needs to “think before he talks”:

Speaking with reporters following the team’s 6-4 loss to Milwaukee, Werth undoubtedly was trying out a new comedy bit, because he couldn’t have been serious about other deficiencies while he’s batting .254 in the first season of a seven-year, $126 million contract.

If the highest-paid player in franchise history wants to address a rapidly deteriorating situation other than to apologize for hitting .205 with runners in scoring position, he should do so directly. If Werth has a problem with the way Manager Jim Riggleman is running the team, he should say so. But cryptically intimating in postgame quotes that others aren’t doing their jobs is unacceptable — or at least it should be to Nationals management.


Hmm, funny how this works. We’re two months into a – does math – seven year contract, and the Washington scriptuals (I made that word up because I’m feeling loquacious today) are already harping on JW’s vanishing act with men on base. Not to mention the fact that Werth obviously has a few issues with clubhouse personnel.

As Reid also notes, Werth likely feels some sort of a responsibility to uphold his end of the bargain – the $126 million end – but since he’s not doing it on the field, by golly he’s going to make sure he does it off the field. I mean how else is someone going to justify to themself that they are being paid about twice their market werth (hehe, puns)? Better play the role of superstar.

That… or vaginally throw people under the bus. Yeah, probably the second thing.


10 Responses

  1. When Werth signed with the Nationals, I honestly thought maybe he just didn’t care about being on a winning club since he won a WS and only wanted the money. Doesn’t seem to be the case and if so, my question to Mr. Werth is, you did realize when you signed this long contract that you were basically giving over your remaining prime years to a below average team which has very few big named players to blend in with???

  2. “Vaginally throw?” What the hell does that even mean? Being a misogynistic dick offends me more than Werth’s enormous contract.

  3. I mean, I have been crtical of Werth in the past. I didn’t think what he said was too bad compared to the things he said and did in Philadelphia. The sportswriter is (surprise!) overreacting, likely to boost his readership.
    As an aside, we always knew Werth had a bad attitude. Washington is just discovering this now? Werth was pissed off all that time because the Phillies were giving him a market rate contract when he wanted a superstar contract. Washington was dumb enough to give him that absurd deal. Werth took it. You can’t always get everything that you want.

  4. Funny, but Washington knew what numbers were IN A BETTER LINEUP before he got there. Washington’s demise isn’t entirely Jayson’s fault tho, so they cant entirely blame a major league player surrounded by a bunch of AAA Players and no Ryan Zimmerman, who should be batting either in front or behind him…I don’t know why reporters are surprised at this…and if they think for one bit that Jayson Werth is scared to say what he wants to Washington Reporters after he dealt with Philly reporters for 4 yrs than they must be sniffin some good Yayo.

  5. Scriptuals? who says that?….
    me now. that is fucking awesome. Sports writers and columnists are now scriptuals. Someone ought to get one of the talk guys on 610 or 97.5 to use it.

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