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Jayson Werth Had Surgery Today, Out Three Months

Kyle Scott - May 7, 2012

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Jayson Werth underwent surgery on his broken left wrist today. He will be out more than six weeks, perhaps 12, according to Nats reporter William Ladson

If you remember, Werth broke his left wrist back in 2005. His recovery was so difficult at the time that he eventually started seeing a wizard. The injury was nearly career-threatening, and he was perhaps only saved by Pat Gillick, who signed him to the Phillies, where Werth grew out his hair, won a World Series, wore a fist and the rest is history and $126 million.

As someone who has had surgery on a broken wrist, I can tell you that the recovery time is much longer than even three months.

We wish JW a speedy return. For real.

Cue all deranged Nats fans, who will say that our Takeover group, seated over Werth's right shoulder, wished him harm.

DC Bar Offering Free Shots For Every Time Jayson Werth Hits a Home Run

Kyle Scott - April 9, 2012

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Hey look! Washingtonians don’t hate Jayson Werth anymore.

You may recall that, last year, a DC bar was offering PBR pounders for the price of Werth’s batting average– $2.11 at the time it began. Well, this year, the bar is a bit more optimistic with their promotion: any time Werth hits a home run and you’re wearing your Nats gear, you get a free shot of Jameson.

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Of course, as Nats Enquirer - the fine Nats site ('tis true, they do good work) that brings us this bit of tid – points out, Werth is 0-10 with 5 strikeouts so far this season.  So it doesn’t look like anyone is getting drunk just yet.

Jayson Werth’s 2011 Season: “A Fart in the Wind”

Kyle Scott - April 2, 2012

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How many roads must a man walk down

Before you call him a man?

Yes, and how many seas must a white dove sail

Before she sleeps in the sand?

Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly

Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

 

Or a fart. Sometimes a fart blows in the wind.

What better way to get Opening Week started off than by quoting The Great One himself, Jayson Werth. 

Asked yesterday about his disappointing 2011 campaign – the first season of his seven-year, $126 million deal – JW had this to say to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

“I do feel like it was an easy fix,” Werth said. “That doesn’t always translate into great numbers. But I feel confident about this season and this team and where I’m at and what I’ve done. Last year is just one year. I got six more years on this contract, and I plan on playing after this contract. I’ll look back and 2011 will be a fart in the wind.”

 

See– that’s weird. Unfortunately for Jayson, a fart in the wind doesn’t always just disappear. Sometimes you get that crazy pre-storm wind, which is as unpredictable as it is worrisome, and it often blows the fart right back in your direction, encircling you and your friends in stink for minutes… sometimes even seven years. But I think we’re overanalyzing things. 

Kilgore has more from Werth, who, at one point this winter, got lost on his way to Nationals Park and wound up parking illegally in front of the Lincoln Memorial before having an epiphany in front of the larger-than-like statue.

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Phillies Fire Back at Werth’s Comments

Kyle Scott - March 1, 2012

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Remember the other day when we posted about Jayson Werth comparing the Nationals’ ridiculous Take Back The Park campaign to the situation between Phillies and Mets fans in 2007? 

Werth said that Citizens Bank Park was filled with half (or more) New Yorkers when the Phillies played the Metropolitans – with which we disagreed - and he wondered if, at the time, the Phillies had a similar laughable campaign to what the Nats are doing now.

They didn’t.

Phillies Director of Communications Greg Casth Cassur Cutter Castro Casterioto emailed Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore, who wrote the original story, with a retaliation of sorts: 

“That could not be more wrong. The Phillies did not at any time have a similar promotion to the Washington Nationals’ ‘Take Back the Park’ campaign. Making the postseason in 2007 and then winning the World Series in 2008, along with a team full of exciting players and having a great place to watch a baseball game, is what drew more Phillies fans to Citizens Bank Park.”

 

+1 for Castherioutototo and the Phillies. And just for fun, here's Werth wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Casperkyoto, the guy by whom he just got verbally cock-slapped.

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I think we may have a rivalry on our hands, folks. 

Photos via Phillies.com and, randomly, Tumblr

Jayson Werth Compared The Nationals’ “Take Back The Park” Campaign to Citizens Bank Park in 2007

Kyle Scott - February 28, 2012

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via William Ladson

I was waiting for this. Literally. Like had a blank post ready to go with a picture of Jayson Werth’s once cool now molesty (subjective) beard waiting.

This morning, Nats reporter Adam Kilgore wrote more words about the little baseball team’s ridiculous Take Back The Park campaign, which projects to have about as much success as Rick Perry’s presidential bid. 

Kilgore spoke more with Nats COO Andrew Fefffffffer and – Peter Griffin excited noise - Jayson Werth, who enouraged us to take his bait by saying that the Nationals’ current fan situation is eerily similar to what the Phillies experienced with Mets fans before winning five straight division titles.

Bait taken.

[Washington Post

“All I know is, in ’07 it was 50-50, 60-40 Mets to Phillies fans,” Werth said. “And then pretty soon there were very little Mets fans. Whether that’s because they stopped selling to Mets fans or they just stopped coming, I don’t know.”

“You’re definitely better off with a park full of your own fans at home compared to a park full of somebody else’s fans at home. I think it’s good.”

 

Well, let’s be honest, it stopped because the Mets pooped all over themselves in consecutive seasons. However, the 50-50 (60-40?! You asshole) split of which Werth speaks is a gross exaggeration. There’s no metric to track rooting interests, but, compared the the Nationals, the Phillies didn’t struggle nearly as much with attendance in the years leading up to "success."

The Phillies averaged roughly 10,000 more fans per game (around 33k) in the three seasons leading up to their NL East crown (2005-2007). The Nats have averaged roughly 23k fans per game during the last three seasons. So, while that total doesn't spell out the amount of visiting fans, it's safe to assume that the Phillies fans-Mets fans split was probably more like 75-25, not 50-50. Or at least not as one-sided as it is when the Phillies play in Washington. Not even close.

Plus, it's actually insulting to compare the Phillies' fan base to that heaping pile of pea coat-wearing, lifeless Capital Hill staffers who wouldn't know a cut-fastball if it sliced through their side-parted hair.

Back to COO Ffffffer for a second: He had some thoughts on the cockiness of Philly bloggers:

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And Now, Ridiculous Pictures of Current and Recent Philly Athletes, Including a Young Claude Giroux at a Bar with Mike Richards’ Father

Kyle Scott - February 27, 2012

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via William Ladson

Late last week and over the weekend, we stumbled upon several noteworthy pictures of current and recent Philly athletes. Some photos (Werth and D-Jac) were taken recently….

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Taken in Orlando at the NBA All-Star Game, posted on Freddie Mitchell's Facebook page

… others (Giroux and Flyers) were following a road win against the New York Rangers in February of 2009. Members of the team – Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Darroll Powe, Riley Cote, Scottie Upshall and Claude Giroux – went out to celebrate the victory with Bill Richards, Mike’s father.

The Flyers had just beaten the Rangers, 5-2, during a Sunday afternoon game at Madison Square Garden. These were taken later that night, early Monday morning (as you can tell by the screen in the background in one of the pictures), at what looks like a Philly bar. Giroux and Richards had both scored in the win, which was cause for two generations of Canadian boys to get rowdy.

And yes, the tail was plentiful. Don’t ask– just view. 

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Many more pictures after the jump.

H/T to Brian for the tip on the D-Jac picture

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Jayson Werth at Flyers-Capitals Game

Kyle Scott - December 14, 2011

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Here's our old friend, now foe, Jayson Werth, sitting in the first row at last night's Flyers-Capitals game in D.C.

Last time we saw him seated this closely, the Flyers were playing in the Stanley Cup Finals and Werth was in full Flyers gear. Last night, Nats blogger Cheryl Nichols asked Werth who he was pulling for: "Going neutral tonight."

Reader Jared, who sent us the picture, saw differently:

I sat in the same row as Werth at tonight's Flyers game in DC. Thats his wife next to him. Very chill, and chatted with the fans around him. Pounded the glass when Caps scored in third period.

 

Well then, perhaps it was a good thing he wasn't pulling for the Flyers last night… his hand would have been sore from all that pounding.

Other wistful Phillies news: One year ago today, most of you awoke to news of the Cliff Lee signing. See our full coverage from that day here.

Jayson Werth is Trying to Get Ryan Madson to Play for the Nationals

Kyle Scott - October 18, 2011

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Jayson Werth continues to annoy. According to a report from Jon Heyman, Werth is trying to sell Ryan Madson on playing in the nation’s capital: [SI.com]

The Nationals are a candidate for Madson if he leaves the Phillies; ex-Phillies teammate Jayson Werth is trying to sell Madson on the Nats.

 

Not much there, but I’d really like to know what the pitch is: Hey, great group of youngsters. I hate it here. There are no fans. Watching October baseball makes me ill. But the Lerners are just stoopid with their money. I bought a mansion and six Bentleys and didn't even hit .240. How crazy is that?!

All joking aside, the Nationals will field a competitive team over the next few years, especially if Bryce Harper makes the show and is even half as good as he thinks he is. Adding Madson at the back end of the bullpen, which already includes Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, would make for quite the upgrade.