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Jayson Werth using ‘Werewolves in London’ as at-bat music (Video)

Jayson-Werth-beardWashington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has one of the most recognizable beards in sports. If he ever signed a contract with the New York Yankees and had to shave, the amount of people who are able to identify Werth would probably decrease by at least 75%. That’s why the at-bat music he has been using during the Nats’ opening series of the year against the Miami Marlins is priceless.

As you can see from the video above that The Nats Enquirer shared with us, Werth strolled to the plate with Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves in London” blaring in the background on Wednesday. Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog pointed out that the music even led to some howling among Nationals fans on Opening Day.

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Bryce Harper’s first of two homers caught by Jayson Werth look-a-like (Picture)

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How did opening day treat Bryce Harper? Put it this way: the 20-year-old phenom is on pace to hit 324 home runs this season. Harper hit a pair of home runs — in his first two at-bats of the season — and accounted for the only two RBIs of the game in the Washington Nationals’ 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon.

To make matters more exciting, a Jayson Werth look-a-like caught Harper’s first home run. As you can see from the photo above that DC Sports Bog passed along, the lucky fan was in full uniform and rocking the classic Werth beard and a pair of sunglasses. The MLB season may be only a day old, but we’ve already received a fantastic edition to our growing list of look-a-like fans.

As for the game itself, Nationals fans have to be thrilled with the way things played out. There is still a very, very long way to go, but Harper’s two home runs and Stephen Strasburg’s dominating seven innings of three-hit, no-run ball serve as a reminder that the franchise’s plan is coming to fruition. Assuming they can remain healthy, the Nats should be one of the most exciting teams in baseball all season long.

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David Wells, news anchors rock Jayson Werth beards after walk-off homer (Pictures)

And just like that, Jayson Werth is a celebrity in the nation’s capital. Earlier today we showed you this fantastic cupcake that was designed in Werth’s honor on Thursday night. As you can see from the photo above that Lauren DeMarco of Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. tweeted, local bakers weren’t the only ones who caught Werth fever after his big walk-off homer in Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals, tying the NLDS at two games a piece.

The Fox 5 crew got ready for Game 5 on Friday by breaking out some big grizzly beards and going about their business.  They weren’t the only ones to pull the stunt on live television, as David Wells paid homage to Werth’s hair on Thursday night. Via Big League Stew:

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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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