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Posted at 7:34 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Jayson Werth at the Lakers game

By Dan Steinberg


There was one place for high-profile D.C. athletes to be on Tuesday night: at Verizon Center to watch Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin. Stars respect stars. The attendance list was thick with starpower, including Donovan McNabb, Alex Ovechkin and yes, Jayson Werth. Two nuggets about the latter, who will meet the baseball media on Wednesday:

* The beard is gone; long live the beard.

* He says the Lerner family has "brought to Washington an idea of winning."

Here's the full quote, when asked what he can bring to the Nats (see video below):

"Obviously just being myself is one thing I'm gonna be able to do and help the young kids," Werth told Comcast SportsNet's Chris Miller. "There's a lot of things I can do on and off the field.Realistically, I'm in a situation where we're gonna need to get some guys. We've got a good core group. they're young. We look forward to a long time in D.C., and [bringing] the championship home....I look forward to working with Jim Riggleman and the ownership. The Lerners are an incredible family, and they've brought to Washington an idea of winning, and I think that's something I can buy into, and I'm looking forward to helping them out."

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 7:34 AM ET
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Comments

He's in for a rude awakening. Welcome to last place, dude.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 15, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Nats have a damn bright future i have to say.

Posted by: MrWillie | December 15, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"The Lerners are an incredible family, and they've brought to Washington an idea of winning."

What on this green earth would ever lead him to believe that? Even if we accept "the Plan" or "the Phases" or the "enormous toilet-like sucking sound from the field" or whatever, nothing suggests that the Lerners have brought an idea of winning with him.

Is this guy post-concussion or something?

Posted by: wahoo2x | December 15, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

No reason to attack Werth. I like his positive attitude, and, any MLB team can turn itself around fairly quickly if it manages its prospects well, spends money to fill holes wisely, and has some good luck. The Rays, Rockies, Rangers and Reds have all pulled it off and there's no reason we can't, especially now that the Lerners are loosening the purse strings a bit.

Posted by: jksesq1 | December 15, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"This interview needs to end, so I can stop swallowing this dip-spit." - Jayson Werth's inner-monologue

Posted by: seffapotamus | December 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

QUOTE - "The Lerners are an incredible family, and they've brought to Washington an idea of winning, and I think that's something I can buy into, and I'm looking forward to helping them out."

TRANSLATION - Thanks for the outrageous contract and for giving me all that money. I look forward to help drain your bank account by cashing my paycheck every week. I have my ring and really don't care how we do.

Posted by: jpstuhr | December 15, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

He's in for a rude awakening. Welcome to last place, dude.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 15, 2010 9:02 AM

Piss off back to your Philly slum

Posted by: Kev29 | December 15, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I can see the Nationals as promised followed up the Werth signing with other quality moves to acquire pitching and a first baseman.

NOT.

After 5 years of being lied to by Bowden about players that were acquired that ended up being bums and draft picks that failed to sizzle, this clubs needs to do more than make ONE signing to bring credibility.

Pavano is 35 and perhaps the smart thing to do is NOT offer him a multi-year deal.

But why this team has not swooped in and made the right offer to get LaRoche on board is a big question mark right now.

And if the price for Matt Garza is Jordan Zimmermann and Drew Storen, so be it.

Garza is proven and a guy with the right contract extension can be an anchor behind Strasburg down the line in the rotation.

Right now, Zimmermann is not proven. Drew Storen who was drafted as a reliever MIGHT turn out to be a great relief pitcher or closer.

But a closer is not of as much value to THIS team RIGHT NOW as a 180-200 innings pitcher who can win 15-18 games.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 15, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

the joke is on you werth

Posted by: marylandmymaryland | December 15, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy post-concussion or something?

Posted by: wahoo2x | December 15, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

What a shocker that a UVA fan wahoo2x is condescendingly and unnecessarily mocking someone else's intelligence.

Reminds me of an exchange a friend of mine had with a UVA student down there several years back:

UVA fan: You'll be working for me one day!

My friend: Maybe. But you'll always be a nerd!

Posted by: Barno1 | December 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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