Friday, October 12, 2012

Werth It?

Two years ago, the Washington Nationals went on a spending spree.  They signed Phillies free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth to a $126 million, seven year deal.  The pundits criticized the team, saying they way over-paid for a good bat and a strong veteran presence on the team.

Werth had a disappointing season in 2011 and the criticism continued.  In April of this season, while attempting to make a diving catch, Werth broke his right wrist.  He missed three months of the season.  More criticism.

Last night, the Cardinals were up 2-1 in the National League Division Series and needed only one more win to advance to the League Championship Series.  The game versus the Nationals was deadlocked at 1-1 for the majority of the game.  In the bottom of the ninth, Jayson Werth hit a walk-off home run, forcing a game five.

In that moment, Werth became worth every penny. 


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