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Jayson Werth Tackles Thomas Jefferson

Kyle Scott - September 26, 2011

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Oh holy hell. Perhaps you no longer care about Mr. Werth. Perhaps you still do. Perhaps you’re one of the roughly 30% of females in the area who named their rabbit “Jayson” with a Y. Whatever the case may be, this is pretty funny.

Werth decided it was time for Teddy to win his first presidents’ race, and with the help of Rick Ankiel and the guys in the bullpen, JW tried to make it happen.

Nationals Journal:

This weekend, the final homestand of his season in Washington, Werth has taken matters into his own hands. Friday night, Werth and a few relievers unsuccessfully tried to block the presidents other than Teddy. Saturday, he was more prepared.

After the fourth, Werth and center fielder Rick Ankiel lingered on the warning track in right center. Relievers poured out of the bullpen and waited in the corner. Werth targeted Thomas Jefferson, shoving him into the outfield grass, grabbing his nose and throwing him to the ground.


Unfortunately, Teddy didn’t win. Neither did any of the other presidents. It was Werth who crossed the finish line… for his first meaningful victory of the year.

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Jayson Werth Makes Excuse for .230 Batting Average

Kyle Scott - September 20, 2011

Where are my tapes?!

Jayson Werth, as he is often known to do, waxed poetic about himself this weekend. In describing – and desperately trying to pinpoint – his 2011 struggles, Werth turned attention to that storied career-killer: late arriving tapes.

Ladies and gentlemen, the one, the only, Jayson Werth: [ via Nats Enquirer]

Werth respectfully disagrees with Johnson's assessment, saying he had a tough time finding his swing. It didn't help that his videos were sent to him late in Spring Training and — not the fault of his new teammates, as he puts it — he didn't have anybody on the team that knew when he was at his best in the batter's box. As a member of the Phillies, Werth always had at least two teammates who could help pinpoint problems with his swing.

"If you look at my season, I had three or four different stances because I wasn't comfortable," Werth said. "Comfort in the box was the biggest issue. I couldn't get comfortable. My swing wasn't good. I didn't have my videos from last year until almost April — until the end of Spring Training. Spring Training wasn't sound. Things were a little off. I just kind of marked that up to the situation. I was trying to figure out how to deal with it.

"Since then, I have regained my composure, my style of play and my level of comfort, and played like the player I can be. I have a very unique swing, a very unique swing path. It's my own. There are not too many guys that swing like that."


That’s right, the absence of guys like – presumably – Chase Utley to help pinpoint problems with his swing led to struggles for Werth. Not to mention the horrific problem of late arriving videos to the spring training. You know, because all of that stuff isn’t archived on the internet and in the high-priced scouting software programs MLB teams use. No, not at all.

Werth did, however, compliment the Phillies on their continued success:

"I'm happy for those guys in [Philadelphia]. They deserve it. They work hard, if not harder than anybody. They have a very professional veteran team. They know how to win. They have a manager that fits that team and city perfectly. They are at the pinnacle of their careers. Not only this year, they are going to be tough for years to come. The NL East championship goes through Philadelphia for the time being."


Yes it does, Jayson. Yes it does.

Here’s Video of the Slightly Insane Fan Who Ripped Up a Jayson Werth Shirsey and Bought a Complete Stranger a Brand New Hunter Pence Shirt

Kyle Scott - September 9, 2011

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Do you remember our Tuesday Morning Roundup about Cliff Lee pissing excellence all over the Atlanta Braves? I thought you did.  Well, we showed you a blurry picture of a fan who approached a complete stranger, ripped in half his Jayson Werth shirsey, and replaced it with a brand new Hunter Pence t-shirt (retail $24.99). 

Said fan, Doug, emailed us this morning. He has video of the incident, which we will assume wasn’t completely staged.

I saw the photo you posted of me after Monday nights game when I bought that poor fan a new Hunter Pence Shirsey in return for going Hulk on his Werth-less Shirsey. Well here is the link to the video. Make this big people.


Nice work, Doug. 

Video after the jump.

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Hey, Let’s Make Fun of the Mets and Nats

Kyle Scott - September 1, 2011


Now even the SABR nerds are lambasting Jayson Werth's ludicrous contract.

It took a while. Previously, jabs about Jayson Werth’s ridiculous contract with the Washington Nationals would be met with something like the following from stat heads : He hits a lot of doubles, clutch isn’t a repeatable skill, and you’re just displaying confirmation bias.

Confirm – this –

Let’s see what one SABR man has to say, writing for Baseball Reference:

Jayson Werth became a free agent at just the right time. Over 2008-2010, he posted a 132 OPS+ despite averaging only 29 2B, 29 HR and 84 RBI. He did this largely by batting 5th or 6th behind productive hitters in the Phillies' lineup and by hitting reasonably well (plus walking a lot.) He did well in his role. Then, he became a free agent at age 31 in a year when there weren't a lot of other big-name bats on the market.

Somehow, the Nationals got fooled into thinking that this guy would make a good #3 hitter. This was despite the fact that he's on the wrong side of 30 and generated numbers helped significantly by the team on which he played.

Low and behold, almost one year into the 7-year, $126 million contract, Werth's OPS+ sits at 98 and he may not crack 20 HR or 60 RBI while potentially setting a career-high in strikeouts. Oops.


Ouch. Sounds like a shitty investment. The article goes on to compare Werth to other guys with also shitty OPS+ who had enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title. The list includes Corey Hart, Jacque Jones, Aubrey Huff, and Tim Salmon. $126 million.

Meanwhile, in the Big Apple, potential buyer David Einhorn is no longer a (the only) candidate to buy a minority stake in the Mets. The statement, via Mets Blog:

The New York Mets’ Owners announced today that their period of exclusive negotiations with David Einhorn regarding a minority, non-operating interest in the Mets has expired and Ownership has decided not to extend the exclusive negotiating period any further. After months of negotiation, the parties were unable to reach agreement, and Mets Ownership has decided to explore other options. Ownership has provided additional capital to cover all 2011 losses and is moving forward with the necessary resources to continue to operate the franchise. Ownership will explore other strategic transactions and is under no financial pressure to do a deal on any particular schedule.


Judging by the comments (always reliable…) on Mets Blog, most are convinced that Einhorn's desire to be able to take over majority ownership of the team, had Fred Wilpon not been able to repay his investment, was the sticking point.

The Mets: American's car accident.

UPDATE: Jayson Werth and His .227 Average Stopped by the Public House Last Night, Washington Post Makes Ridiculous Argument

Kyle Scott - August 12, 2011

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Consider this your little Friday afternoon game preview, if you will- even though I hate myself for writing such predictable prose.

According to Nick, who stopped by quizzo at Drinker's, Jayson Werth was at the Public House in Center City last night. From Nick:

Saw Werth at public house he told me he misses Philly. Swear to god. Wish I got a pic. He asked me how the birds did and I told him I didn't know cause I was at phillies trivia. He then proceeded to tell me how much he missed Philadelphia.


I can't quite envision Werth as the type of guy to spew his emotions at random strangers, but we'll give Nick the benefit of the doubt. A few other folks spotted JW, as well:

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Fascinating. This will be his second trip back to Philly… let's take a look at how things are going for him:

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The Washington Nationals are Running a BOGO… on Season Tickets

Kyle Scott - August 4, 2011


Welcome to the nation's capital, ladies and gentlemen.

Thanks to reader Nick, who is unfortunately subscribed to the Nats' mailing list, for sending along their latest marketing email: Buy 2012 full season tickets and get the rest of 2011 FREE.

I find the Buy 2, Get 2 plan to be the best:

LF/RF Baseline Reserved – Buy 2 for $40 per seat, per game and get 2 FREE

LF/RF Corner – Buy 2 for $30 per seat, per game and get 2 FREE

RF Mezzanine – Buy 2 for $25 per seat, per game and get 2 FREE


Sounds like something you would order at Panera. I'll have the You Pick Two. You said your soup du jour was the soup of the day? That sounds good and I'll have that.

By my math, you could buy two full season tickets for 2012, and get not only an additional two FREE seats for the entire year, but also two FREE seats for the remaining 25 home games this year. That's 374 individual game seats for the price of 161. Yeah, they might want to look elsewhere for that $126 million.

Why Yes, Virginia, There is a DC Bar Offering Beers for the Price of Jayson Werth’s Batting Average

Kyle Scott - July 20, 2011


Oh yeah, this seven-year marriage if off to a roaring start.

According to NBC Washington, Duffy's Irish Pub will be offering PBR pounders for the price of Jayson Richard Gowan Werth's batting average this Sunday:

But Duffy’s Irish Pub has found a way to make that first-half bust pay off now. During the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, you can order PBR tallboys, Buds and High Lifes for whatever Werth’s batting average is at the time. For example, if the promotion started right now, at the time of publication, Werth’s .211 batting average would mean $2.11 brewskies.


Never mind the obvious attempt at free publicity here, Duffy's may actually be doing JRG Werth a solid by offering up this promotion. In May, a Pittsburgh bar was criticized (championed by some) for giving five cents off pitchers every time the Pirates lost. The Buccos are now in first place.

But Duffy's took their promotion a step further: They created a Facebook page for the event and will hand out free shots of Tullamore Dew to fans wearing Nats attire every time Werth gets a hit. If they stocked one bottle of the Irish whiskey, they bought too much.

$126 million, folks.

H/T to Tim

Jayson Werth Hit Rock Bottom Last Night

Kyle Scott - July 19, 2011

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Ever since his WWE-style rant (that's two wrestling references in one day), I have been following Nationals fan David Huzzard on Twitter. What he lacks in entertaining he makes up for in baseball knowledge. Today, he Tweeted a link to this video (we can't embed it because MLB still arbitrarily decides which videos can be shared), which shows Jayson Richard Gowan Werth getting caught in a rundown between third and home after a pop out to the shortstop.

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The play ended with Werth falling in hilarious fashion… almost like he was performing the People's Elbow or something (we're just going for broke today).

JRG Werth's July stats: 8-for-54, 0 HR, 4 RBI and just two for his last 21. Ouch.