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Werth press conference today

Dec 15, 2010, 2:38 PM EST

The Jayson Werth signing was completed 10 days ago, but at long last this afternoon, we’ll finally get to see the Nationals’ new $126 million right fielder in a curly W cap and jersey.

Werth will formally be introduced during a 1 p.m. press conference at Nationals Park. If you’re near a television, you can watch the proceedings live on Comcast SportsNet. If you’re stuck at work, never fear: will be streaming the event live online.

If you didn’t know already, Werth will be wearing the same uniform No. 28 he wore in Philadelphia. The man who used to wear that number, Michael Morse, is switching to No. 38.

Also, if you didn’t know, Werth’s trademark beard is no more. He was spotted at the Wizards/Lakers game last night with a clean-shaven face, aside from a small soul patch. Clearly, this guy isn’t happy about this unfortunate development.

I’ll be at today’s press conference, of course, and will provide details (and hopefully photos) later, so please check back for that.

  1. Stranded_in_Philly - Dec 15, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    As long as he has the beard by April, all is well. We need Edge out there spearing catchers on his way to home plate.

  2. natsfan1a - Dec 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Was never crazy about his caveman look (plus, he was a Philly and all). Now if we could just get him to trim the mane a bit…

  3. Doc - Dec 15, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    The Nats need that beard, and a little Philly Edge—go Jayson!

  4. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    When is the Matt Stairs Press Conference?

  5. Mark Zuckerman - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Anonymous said…When is the Matt Stairs Press Conference?Whenever he arrives in Viera and four beat writers approach him at his locker.Probably won't be live coverage of that one on multiple TV networks.

  6. Feel Wood - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    "The man who used to wear that number, Michael Morse, is switching to No. 19."NatsTownNews tweeted yesterday that Morse will wear 38, not 19. A wise move, since 19 still has the Scott Olsen stink on it.

  7. Mark Zuckerman - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Whoops, I missed that one. When Werth was signed last week, Nats PR said Morse was switching to 19.Thanks for clearing that up.

  8. Traveler8 - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    @ Stranded and Doc, so glad to hear your comments – our son went through a WWE phase about 10 years ago )but my husband and I always thought it was amazing that Edge is also a talented baseball player.

  9. DFL - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    It was appropriate that Jayson Werth attends a Wizards game as he settles down in Washington. The Wizards are chronic losers, a permanent doormat in the NBA Southeast Division. The Nats are chronic losers, permanent doormats in the National League East.

  10. Bobo - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Hey Hey Hey — make sure someone asks him if he misses Philly already. Must be pissed about playing for loser franchise like the Nats. Too bad he can't face the Nats lowly pitching anymore, and has to face all 4 aces on the Phils!You tell him I'm glad he left so we could get Cliff back.

  11. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Is the Werth press conference going to be broadcast on the radio?

  12. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Go Home BowBowWill be good to finally see Jayson in a Nats uni, getting tired of all the pics of him in a Fillies rag

  13. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Hey Bobo. At least we didn't make a Booboo and pay over a hundred million for a pitcher that wins only, what, 13 games a year when he's going good!!! In the next 10 years the Nats will win more championships than the Phils. Yeah Bobo, the Phils made a Booboo. Get the wheelchairs ready. HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Doc - Dec 15, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    The Matt Stairs press conference should be held in a D.C. pub, with an open bar, featuring Labatt's 50 for all attendees. Part of the festivities should include a game of darts, with pictures of Phillies' pitchers on the dart board!

  15. Bowdenball - Dec 15, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Anonymous 11:01:Ignore him. That's what the rest of us do. He's just starved for attention, and you're giving him what he wants.

  16. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    I can think of 126 million reasons why Jason Werth is tickled to play for the Nats. He was never going to get that money in the city where he formerly played, a place whose name must not be spoken. It's funny how the meaning of the city's name doesn't match reality.fpcsteve

  17. Steve M. - Dec 15, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    I want to throw in the suggestion box for Mark Z. to do what Stan Kasten didn't do—-block all Phillie fans. Please block his IP address so we don't have to read his garbage. I come here to be immersed in the fun and banter with other Nats fans.

  18. JD - Dec 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Steve M. How hard is it to ignore him? It doesn't bother me because I never read what he says.

  19. David - Dec 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    I won't have access to CSN either on TV or internet during the presser. MASN either. Any chance it will be on MLB Network or ESPNews?

  20. N. Cognito - Dec 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Werth has his ring and now he has signed for that last big contract. If the Phils win it next Fall, Oswalt might stay, but don't be surprised if he goes elsewhere for a big contract – a contract Philly probably won't be able to match.

  21. Tcostant - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Is the Werth press conference going to be broadcast on the radio? Answer:It on ESPN 980am right now.

  22. Steve M. - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Great question Mark Zuckerman! BTW, John Devers is not a good emcee.

  23. Steve M. - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Way to go Jayson on that Cliff Lee question from the Philly CSN press guy.I like him even more after that! He really set the divide there.

  24. PAY TO PLAY - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    What am I missing about the question about him playing into his 40's? He is 31 now and has a 7 year contract.

  25. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    I think that's his way of saying that he expects to have a productive 7 years here instead of the 5 years everyone says he'll have.

  26. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Now if we can sign Adam LaRoche, I'll be happy. As for the starter that we need, I'm willing to pass on trading prospects and live with whatever we can scab together out of what we already have.It seems to me that seeing some of this talent develope is more important than bringing in a Garza or Greineke at this stage. July trading deadline and next off season should provide a helluva lot more opportunity for us than anything available now.

  27. natsfan1a - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    I think that was my favorite part of the presser. :-)—Steve M. said… Way to go Jayson on that Cliff Lee question from the Philly CSN press guy. I like him even more after that! He really set the divide there. December 15, 2010 1:17 PM

  28. Pete - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    When is the Adam LaRoche press conference? I hope it's not this afternoon. I ate too much Arby's at lunch will undoubtedly have to go take a bobo at some point.

  29. Golfersal - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Jason Werth is a serious upgrade from Adam Dunn. Yes Dunn will be missed but Werth knows how to win and winning is a top goal for Werth. Dunn just wants to have a good old time, get along with his teammates and have some good time. Dunn is a good old boy that wants very little media and fan scrutiny. I will bet that Dunn will have a great year for the White Sox in 2011, but it will not be as good as 2010. Ever year Dunn is degrading.The point is that isn't the case with Werth, who is getting better and will have a great year for the Nats. If we can get a good pitcher, with Morse moving to first we could finally get over the 500 mark in 2011 and cause some damage to other teams in the pennant race

  30. Dave - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    I'm stuck in a place where I can't see the press conference. What did Werth say to the Philly CSN guy?

  31. slopitchtom - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Yes, let's get Laroche signed and improve the bench. A starting rotation of Livan, Marquis (end of 2010 season version), Lannan (last half of 2010 season version), Zimmermann and Maya I can actually live with for a year rather than trading the farm for Greinke or Garza. Has anyone noticed what Maya is doing in winter ball? 4-1 record in 6 starts, 0.56 ERA, 33Ks and only 7 walks.

  32. Doc - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Like @ Dave, 1:57 I am unable to pick up CSN. Could someone please summarize Werth's statements on the Phillies signing of Lee. Thanks in advance!

  33. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    The Philly CSN guy tried to frame his question to Werth by saying something like "In light of what has gone on in Philadelphia since you left" and Werth pretty much shot him down by saying "I must have missed it – did something happen in Philly?". Plus one for Werth.Possible minus one for him though for having to look around the room and be told "I'm over here" when asked a question by Lindsay Czarniak. Could he perhaps be gay? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

  34. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    He basically said he was happy for him (Lee) and in order to be the best, you have to be the beat the best. He said he looked forward to the competition and that Nats aren't as far behind everyone as one would think.You can't get online for They have it available.

  35. Steve M. - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Anon @ 2:13. Cut him some slack on the Lindsay Czarniak thing when he looked around the room to find where the voice was coming from. He has been here 2 days now and really, who gives a "F" on Lindsay Czarniak. She only knows how to kiss tail in the Redskins locker room.I am way over her plus I was a Sara Walsh Channel 9 fan 😉 as she really was a talent. Now she is property of ESPN….

  36. PAY TO PLAY - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    How did you like Werth's facial expression when some blogger called him a late bloomer?I liked his composure when he answered back that it was a function of getting in and getting playing time.That's kind of how I feel about Michael Morse (#38?) as I think with the opportunity he could be that same type of guy that shines with increased playing time.Who asked the question about his age playing into his 40's? Unless someone thinks it is an 8 year + deal, how does that math work?

  37. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    OUCH, Mark! lol…." 'Anonymous said…When is the Matt Stairs Press Conference?'Mark. Z. said… 'Whenever he arrives in Viera and four beat writers approach him at his locker."————–

  38. DFL - Dec 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Building on slopitchtom's insights, I don't think signing Pavano is the correct thing to do. The Nats are not playoff bound next season. They need to find out what Lannan, Marquis, Zimmerman and Maya can do for a full season. If Hernandez pitches well enough, trade him for a prospect at the trading deadline. For that matter, there is Martis, Chico, Martin, Kown, Stammen and Chico in Syracuse.

  39. Anonymous - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    DFL, I think you sign Pavano for 2 years for the purpose of trading Lannan, Detwiler, Maya now to get prospects if you can and of course any of the names you mentioned.Its just time in my opinion to start cutting bait with any of these guys that can't move to the top of the rotation. The Lannan thing will never be more than what it is. If you hang on to Detwiler, move him into the Bullpen. Haven't seen enough of Maya.This team lacks the Farm System depth in AA and AAA other than the obvious Bryce Harper slated to be in A. There is nobody you can point to to say that kid is a future star except Harper and just hope that AJ Cole, Solis, Ray turn into Aces. Norris, Marrero, and all the others mentioned are still developing.There is still some promise down on the farm but free up a back of the rotation guy if you can get a AA or AAA future star.

  40. Golfersal - Dec 15, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Are you crazy, Pavano would be the biggest nightmare for the Nationals. He will be Jason marquis part 2, get anyone but Pavano who at 35 years old has seen better days.





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