Jayson Werth is now a cupcake, beard and all (Picture)

With one swing of a bat, Jayson Werth transformed himself from frustrating $126 million man into postseason hero on Thursday night. The Nationals forced a Game 5 in the NLDS against the Cardinals thanks to Werth’s walk-off home run, which earned him the right to have himself turned into a cupcake.

As you can see from the photo above, Lara Stuckey from Fluffy Thoughts Cakes designed a fantastic Werth cupcake after watching his game-winning homer.

“We’ve been selling Nats cupcakes all week,” Stuckey told Sarah Kogod of D.C. Sports Bog. “But after last night, we knew that we had to make a special one just for Werth.”

Stuckey said the Werth cupcakes go for $5.00 each. Regular Nationals cupcakes sell for $2.50 and have been a huge hit. As we learned from works of art like this cake or this fruit arrangement that were modeled after Thunder star James Harden, popular players with beards can inspire people do some pretty amazing things.

Jayson Werth makes sweet unintentional bare-handed catch (Video)

Jayson Werth made highlight reels for a sweet bare-handed grab he made on Sunday — but the twist is he did it by accident. Chase Utley hit a fly ball to right and Werth ran toward the gap to make the catch. The announcer said the wind had moved the ball over, which makes sense, because Werth misplayed it and ended up catching the ball with his bare hand instead of his glove.

The play reminds us of the classic Kevin Mitchell bare-handed catch made when he misjudged an Ozzie Smith slicing fly ball down the line so badly he had to reach up with his throwing hand to snag the ball:

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Jayson Werth says Phillies fans yelled ‘you deserve it’ when he broke his wrist

For the second time in a week, fans from Philadelphia have been accused of cheering for an opponent’s injury. We know Sixers fans cheered when Joakim Noah went down during a game last Friday because we could hear it on the broadcast. According to Jayson Werth, Phillies fans pulled the same classless move on Sunday night when he broke his wrist at Nationals Park.

“After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and, ‘That’s what you get,’ I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again,” Werth wrote in an email to the Washington Post.

Whether Werth deserved the astronomical amount of money the Nationals gave him or not, you can’t fault him for taking it. Apparently some of the fans in Philadelphia do. Does it surprise us that they feel Werth deserved to break his wrist simply because he left via free agency? If we were talking about a fan base that didn’t have a history of making players’ fiancees cry or throwing beer at opponents, we might scratch our heads a little. Unfortunately, it’s just reaffirms what we already knew.

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Jayson Werth plans make 2011 ‘a fart in the wind’ with an improved 2012

When Jayson Werth signed his seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals before the 2011 season, many believed he would go down as one of the most overpaid players in MLB history. Werth did absolutely nothing to prove those doubters wrong during his first season in Washington. He hit just .232 with 20 homers and 58 RBI last year and was a major disappointment for Nationals fans. However, Werth has different plans for himself in the second year of his monster deal.

“I do feel like it was an easy fix,” Werth said according to the Washington Post. “That doesn’t always translate into great numbers. But I feel confident about this season and this team and where I’m at and what I’ve done. Last year is just one year. I got six more years on this contract, and I plan on playing after this contract. I’ll look back and 2011 will be a fart in the wind.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Werth says he had a problem with his swing last year and feels confident that he has been able to identify what was wrong and address the issue. He hit only .184 against left-handed pitchers last year, which is absurd considering he’s a right-handed power hitter.

The good news for Nats fans is Werth really can’t get any worse. Last season, local bars were dropping beer prices to match their right fielder’s abysmal batting average. This year, they’re hoping Werth is right and the stench blows in the breeze and ends up somewhere far, far away.

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Jayson Werth hit his own car with 492-foot home run

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth hit a prodigious blast during his team’s spring training game Sunday, but there’s a twist that adds more intrigue to the story.

According to a parking lot attendant, bartender, and two people dining at the Tiki bar beyond left field at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fl., the ball sailed over the fence, and carromed off a palm tree onto the bumper of Werth’s pickup truck.

Werth initially was skeptical of the report because he didn’t park his car.

“But that is usually where I park it, over in that direction,” Werth said after the game. “It could be just a rumor, folklore. … I have to go out there and check it out. If it’s dented or smashed or cracked or shattered, I kind of foresee it staying that way for a while. I think they are just messing with me, but who knows?”

The Washington Post estimated the home run, Werth’s third of the spring, traveled 492 feet. Maybe the Nats need to invest in some “Werth tents” after that.

Forearm bash to Hot Clicks
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D.C. Bar Dropping Beer Prices to Match Jayson Werth’s Low Batting Average

Jayson Werth has struggled in his first season with the Nats and D.C. drinkers will reap the benefits. According to NBC Washington via NESN.com, Duffy’s Irish Pub in D.C. plans to have prices on certain beers discounted to reflect Werth’s low batting average.

“During the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, you can order PBR tallboys, Buds and High Lifes for whatever Werth’s batting average is at the time. For example, if the promotion started right now, at the time of publication, Werth’s .211 batting average would mean $2.11 brewskies.”

The bar wrote on its facebook page that they’re just having fun with Werth but they want him to turn it around. I’ll say they’re just taking the lead from this bar in Seattle.

The Nats admitted they overpaid when they signed Werth as a free agent to a seven-year $126 million deal in the offseason. Nobody should have expected Werth to repeat his success with the Phillies; Werth is in a larger park and has less support in the lineup. Still, seeing him hit in the low-.200s is a surprise. Maybe he heard about the promotion and was insulted because he went 3-for-5 with a home run Wednesday to raise his batting average to a whopping .218. Even .218 is a steal for bar-goers.

Baseball Has Become a Pitcher’s Game and the Mendoza Line May Need an Adjustment

Quick, someone alert Don Henley: it appears the boys of summer have gone. The worst part about it is that it isn’t even June yet. At some point over the last six weeks you probably can remember how one player or another made you crazy and remember how they made you scream. Go ahead. Take a look at any of the box scores from recent Major League Baseball games. I’ll wait. (It’s not like I have anything better to do at the moment.) Big name signings like Jayson Werth (.228), Adam Dunn (.184), Carl Crawford (.210), and Vernon Wells (.183) have suffered a greater fall than Humpty Dumpty. Even guys who have been traditionally strong hitters have struggled, like Albert Pujols (.268), Raul Ibanez (.231), Magglio Ordonez (.172), and Justin Morneau (.204), not including the San Diego Padres, who started five guys on Sunday afternoon hitting .245 or less. It may take more than the king’s horses and men (with a few million thrown in) to put these helpless schlemiels back together again.

If this continues, they might reconsider Mario Mendoza for the baseball Hall of Fame (the American one, he is already in Mexico’s Baseball Hall of Fame believe it or not). Mario’s baseball immortality stems from the fact that he carved out an eight-year baseball career while hitting a less-than-stout .215. From his uncanny ability to do what was necessary to avoid getting on base, the expression “Mendoza Line” found its way into baseball vernacular. So anytime a batter has an average of less than .200 (or less than George W. Bush’s approval rating), he is said to be hitting below the Mendoza Line. Well if old is the new new and 50 is the new 40, then why can’t hitting .200 be the new .300?

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