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Jayson Werth Is Hitting .333, Just Not Around Here

The Jayson Werth Saga™ is turning tragicomic.

Mike Rizzo and the Lerners gifted Werth with the Adam Archuleta Package: A deal nobody could live up to.

And, boy, is he ever not living up to it: Werth's batting .215 at the All-Star Break, and his grounding into a game-ending double-play with the potential winning run on base in Saturday's loss to Colorado inspired the biggest round of boos he's gotten here all year.

The Great Dan Steinberg, watcher of all media, reported from beside his tweet monitor that fans' chants of "Jayson Werthless" as they left the stadium were overpowering the broadcasters on MASN's post-game show.

Fitting that Werth fell further into the faithful's doghouse on Pups in the Park Night.

Well, then. Who and what do the Nats and MASN feature in their first ad campaign of the second half of the season?

Jayson Werth! And his batting average! Natch!

Commercials airing on local TV over the weekend to promote telecasts of the Nats' post-break series in Atlanta show Werth at the plate alongside a boast that he's "batting .333... at Turner Field!"

Good golly.

In defense of the club and the network and their promotion: .333 ain't bad, in context. Overall, Werth is hitting .185 on the road.

Then again, this is the gang that came up with the dubiousest team slogan I've ever come across: "Expect it!™"

What the hell does that mean, anyway?

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  • noodlez

    THE ROCKIES SHEETS PUT HIS ASS TO SHAME TWO GAMES IN A ROW WHEN HE COULD HAVE PROVED HIS WERTH!!!

    WERTH, MCNABB BACK TO PHILLY. ASAP!

  • Steve Davies

    OK, I'm going to go against the grain here and say -- I won't boo Jayson Werth.

    Frankly, I feel sorry for the guy.

    Go ahead, get our your poison pens and lemme have it.

    I'll gladly concede he's been overpaid for his services, and I would never (a la Michael Wilbon) condemn boo-birds. Every ticket purchase comes with the right to boo.

    But after Werth's July 3 heroics against the Cubs, I just don't have the heart to blast the guy. In the 10th inning, he walked, went to second on a Livo sac bunt, stole third on his own, and then scored the winning run on a wild pitch. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/boos-turn-to-cheers-for-werth-who-scores-on-wild-pitch-in-10th-as-nationals-top-cubs-5-4/2011/07/04/gHQAqoW3xH_story.html

    I decided then that a guy who hustles like that doesn't deserve my catcalls.

    I'm also influenced by Tom Boswell's column on Werth's body language. When he gets some positive feedback, he responds. How might things change if, after the All-Star break, Werth stepped to the plate and was met with sustained cheers and shouts of "C'mon Jayson, you can do it!"

    Or is that too corny for words in this day and age, when we want our money's worth, dammit, and we'll scream like hell till we get it?

    The problem is, it's not working. Werth will likely come out of his slump eventually, but the booing doesn't seem to be helping. Maybe it's time to try something new.

    Maybe it's time to cheer #28.

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