(Low blow. Figures they'd bring up McNabb. Image of Philadelphia Daily News cover from Philly.com)
While still trying to comprehend what Jayson Werth's seven (7) year deal means for the Nationals over the long haul, and trying to stay focused with laser precision on the years 2011-2013, we'd be remiss if we didn't take a peek at the cover(s) of Monday morning's papers in Philadelphia. They didn't disappoint. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin's take is good for a chuckle:
Scott Boras sold the Nationals 1,000 acres of oceanfront property in the Sahara desert. Convinced owner Ted Lerner it's a great deal because Ted's buddy, Al Gore, says in a few hundred years the Mediterranean Sea will be lapping at the edge of the property. Just think of the condo potential.
(via Philly.com, 12/6/2010)
Next, let's allow commenter "Kevin A." from over at the 700Level speak for the rest of the baseball fans in the City of Brotherly Love:
I would like to send out a big f--- you to Jayson Werth for signing with the Washington Nationals. You just proved you don't give a f--- and never gave a f--- about winning. It was always about bettering your career to get the big pay day. I hope you never experience another winning season the rest of your career. Which is probably likely since you signed with the Nationals.
(Kevin A., via the 700Level.com, 12/5/2010)
Meanwhile, at his daily media session on Monday, Mike Rizzo addressed any criticism of the deal he's hearing from his peers, and unlike the Philly papers, didn't bring up McNabb:
"There's no negative reaction from me. I'm satisfied with the deal. I'm glad we got Jayson Werth. I can understand some of the comments. We're taking care of ourselves. We're trying to build something special here. We thought this player exemplified what we were trying to do. I don't apologize for signing Jayson Werth. I'm glad we have him in the fold. We're a better ballclub today than we were yesterday."
(Mike Rizzo, via Mark Zuckerman/Nats Insider, 12/6/2010)
Oh, after the jump, the back page of today's Philadelphia Daily News:
(Image of Philadelphia Daily News cover from Philly.com)
Anyone know if the Werth signing made the front page of the Sports section in this morning's Washington Post print edition, what with the Redskins getting their asses kicked yesterday and all?