Long toss: How important is a fiery attitude?
Thomas Boswell's column from Sunday's paper about Jayson Werth sparked a lively debate. Boswell wrote:
Now, the Nats will find out if the edgy Werth makes their team more fiery or if the franchise's losing tradition will douse some of his flame.
Some commenters -- including LuvDCArea -- questioned the importance of "swagger":
Even if a slightly above average player, like Werth, is able to bring "flame" to the CLUBHOUSE, the Nats are going to need a whole lot of flame, on the PLAYING FIELD.
You're right, getting top-of-the-rotation pitching was a flop. How many teams get very far, without really good pitching? None.
Did the Nats really get players who can significantly increase their lousy run production, over last year's? No.
So, how are they going to have "flame" ON THE PLAYING FIELD? I don't think so.
Others -- such as js_edit disagreed:
I think a lot of people can look ahead to 2012 and 2013 and see plenty of reason for optimism regarding the Nats. But it starts this year -- and fire and attitude are a big part of the equation.
If Werth and some of the other veteran additions can bring the fire and get this year's team to outperform expectations (and I'm talking about approaching .500 and being competitive) then the Nats will be in very good shape for the future.
What do you think? As the Nats prepare for their first spring training game of 2011, how important do you think a fiery attitude is, for this season or for the future?
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| February 28, 2011; 12:05 PM ET
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