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Highlights from Jayson Werth

Dec 15, 2010, 7:51 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jayson Werth donned a Nats cap and jersey today for the first time.

Jayson Werth's introductory press conference (along with several follow-up, smaller sessions with reporters talking to Werth, Mike Rizzo, Jim Riggleman and others) has concluded. I'm going back through the tape right now and will be updating this with some of the highlights from all of the interested parties.

Here we go…

Q: What intrigued you about Washington, and how do you expect to help this team win?
"One thing I saw with the Nationals the past few years playing them is just the grittiness they have, a will to win. Although they've had some rough seasons the past few years, they have some talent. It's very young and unpolished. That's one thing I look forward to helping along the way. I've always been a big fan of the underdog, and I think this situation in Washington is one going forward that the city and fans will come with love for us and come out and see us on a nightly basis."

Q: Do you feel any undue pressure signing such a long-term contract, one of the largest in MLB history?
"Any time you go on the field and you play for a team, there's going to be pressure. I'm coming to this team and this city to get involved with something much greater than what what you've seen here before. The Lerners are on board, Mike's on board, Jim's on board. We're all going in the same direction. I don't foresee any undue pressure. I just want
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  1. Frank Robinson - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    He must be watching a differnt team play!? Maybe he has a MASN classic station, where he is watching the 2005 team in June!?"One thing I saw with the Nationals the past few years playing them is just the grittiness they have, a will to win."WTF, dude don't blow smoke up our A$$es and get a haircut you look like a d-bag!

  2. Davy Crockett's Hat - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    "get a haircut you look like a d-bag!"Stay classy Frank.

  3. DCJohn - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    I got the impression that he's not going suffer fools or foolish questions like the one from the Philly reporter who asked Werth his feelings about the Cliff Lee signing. I see a guy who really does hate to lose.

  4. Bobo - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Really? I think you mean a guy that loves to lose.Or a guy that loves to count his money. Cause lets be honest, there are 126mm reasons to sign with the Nats, and winning is NOT one of them.

  5. natsfan1a - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Speaking of Philly, here's one of my fave NLCS memories:

  6. N. Cognito - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    My God! We signed Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy!

  7. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Speaking on the Nats here are some of my favorite playoff memories………….

  8. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Bobo: 126 milimeters? Is that a new type of measurement?

  9. Section 223 - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Welcome to D.C., Jayson. The fans look forward to your hustle and ability. Looking forward to Opening Day.

  10. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Jayson, how much beer do you think you and Matt Stairs will drink between innings?Jayson: "Well, given our offense is going to suck without Dunn beign here, I bet we will only be able to polish off one or two tall boys per inning. Now, since stairs doesn't really ever play, he can probably hit it a bit harder if you know what I meaan…"

  11. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    I've always been amazed at the number of geeks that frequent these sites that have absolutely no interest in baseball.

  12. Section 223 - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    I agree NatsJack, this has been such a relief from other sites that only sometimes talk about baseball. I imagine they will get bored and move on when nobody engages them. No oxygen, no fire.

  13. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Jason, from a philly fan, hope the people there in D.C. appreciate you . from the looks of some of these posts, many appear to be really low-class. Best to you – we will miss you much in philly.

  14. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    I found Werth to be very, very impressive. Serious, poised, thoughtful, determined. He sounds like a very bright young man to me.The press conference also revealed how much the Lerner family is involved in these deals. It is very clear to me now, looking at the Harper and Strasburg signings, and the Werth signing, how the Lerners bring these young men into the Lerner Family Story. They let them know how the Lerner family became huge winners in business, and how serious they are about bringing a championship to Washington. If you listen to Werth carefully, you can tell how much this story impacted him in his decision to come here.His comments on the process by which players fall through the cracks of professional baseball, showed a high degree of introspection, discernment, perception, and critical evaluation. I do not, by any means, think this is your everyday pro athlete, in terms of intelligence.I also thought he conveyed a sense of gravity, bordering on ominousness, regarding the tone he will bring to the clubhouse, to the younger players he mentors, and to the opposition. This is great, great news for the Nationals. If they're going to stop being also-rans, they've got to change the culture, and Werth sounds like the guy to do it.Today is a much bigger, and much better day for baseball in Washington than I would have predicted before the press conference. This guy is here to win.

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I don't think even Mark Z. himself could have said it any better. Thanks, anonymous.

  16. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Those are Phillie fans ripping him, not Nationals fans, Welcome to DC Jayson!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. SonnyG10 - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    I am really glad to have Jayson Werth on our team. I am glad Mike Rizzo and the Learner family were willing to overpay to get him here. I think it was necessary to change the perception of other major league free agents that the Nationals might be a good organization to play for. I am happy that the Nationals seem to be following the plan they said they were going to do and that is to build a strong farm system (they have paid over slot to get their quality draft picks), to go after quality free agents and to not overpay marginal players.

  18. NatinBeantown - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    I think his answer about the Face of the Franchise is just about pitch perfect. Acknowledges the pros he won division titles with in Philly, gives deference to Zimms huge role in the franchise's young history in DC, and moves on. I don't think he'll have trouble carrying the burden of the contract.I love Adam Dunn. I love his production, his professionalism, his moon-shots. But I always felt like he is a player content to show up at the ballpark and do his thing. I think Werth has the potential to bring both production and a competitive edge we've been lacking.Said another way, Zimm is a leader by performance, but is not vocal. Desmond is a vocal leader, but doesn't have the track record yet that commands respect. Werth could mean both, and that means a lot.

  19. DFL - Dec 15, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    I've heard that he and his wife will buy their home in DC. Very nice condos can be had for a song 100 yards from Nats Stadium. But the Werths can't count on public schools. No matter. There are plenty of private schools that they can afford.

  20. sec3my sofa - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    "There are plenty of private schools that they can afford."As in, he can afford to buy it. Which really comes in handy given the long waiting lists.We now require a Cliff Lee Dinger Video.

  21. sec3my sofa - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    "There are plenty of private schools that they can afford."As in, he can afford to buy it. Which really comes in handy given the long waiting lists.We now require a Cliff Lee Dinger Video.

  22. sec3 - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Danged gizmos…

  23. BinM - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Now, if Rizzo can just find a way to reel in four more pieces: 1) another LH-bat w/power (1B or LF/CF), 2) an above-average glove at 1B (see #1), 3) a #1-2SP 'placeholder' for Strasburg (without giving away the farm in return), & 4) an experienced arm for the 'pen, the Nationals could be a really enjoyable team to watch in 2011. Rizzo might have earned a bit of a 'black-eye' publically by stating that a #1-2SP was so important before the FA season really started. Most of us realize that player availablity is fluid between seasons, and the loss of Dunn at 1B should push a "critical need" button to over-ride the search for another SP, imo.

  24. Anonymous - Dec 16, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    BinM,At this juncture it sure looks to me like they aren't budging on the trade front. They don't want to relinquish Jordan Zimmermann. And can you blame them? Perhaps, and restate for emphasis, perhaps IF Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Pudge Rodriguez, Jason Marquis, Livan Hernandez, andIan Desmond can change the culture of losing to a hard edged win no matter what attitude … then PERHAPS Jordan Zimmermann pitches like Matt Cain the younger.Ross Detwiler and perhaps even Garett Mock finally come around.Livo and Yuni pitch like gang busters.Lannan and Marquis pitch well enough to get through seven consistently.Young starters like Sammy Solis and Cole Kimball finish up in the minors and show. As far as the left handed bat it looks like its Bernadina at this point. With Morse and Willingham providing enough power to replace Dunn's moonshots. BUT Espinosa does have some power and he is a switch hitter. With Espy starting at second and Bernadina in left you do have three left handed bats in the lineup with Morgan? Since we all know they can't give up the farm we're going to have to hope these guys step up and play better than last year. Especially defensively!

  25. Sunderland - Dec 16, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Immediately do-able.Sign LaRoche.Sign a MLB quality RP / Closer.If you can't find a quality MLB SP at a reasonable price (Willingham +?), then hit the dumpsters and, once again, we'll see what sticks. Things are looking up, but we still have tons of question marks and time will tell if we have the core of a real competitive team or not.And Anon 10:52, LH bats of Morgan, Espy and Bernadina would certainly be the weakest LH trio in the NL. We can't settle for that. We can't compete with that.





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