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.