Perhaps when you sign a 7 year, $126 million deal, then suck for an entire season, you've earned the right to tell reporters that there's a silver lining to not making the playoffs:
"I'm actually looking forward to this winter. When you play in the postseason every year, not only do you miss a month of the offseason, you are playing another month. I will have so much time to prepare and get ready for next season."
(Jayson Werth, via Nationals.com, 9/19/2011)
Thankfully, the Nats have never even sniffed the postseason since arriving in Washington in 2005. That means lots of extra time to prepare, you know?
In a Nationals.com story by MLB.com's Bill Ladson, Werth wishes his ex-mates in Philly well, and has plenty of excuses at the ready to explain his 2011 dud. Did you hear? His videos arrived late to Spring Training:
...he didn't have anybody on the team that knew when he was at his best in the batter's box. As a member of the Phillies, Werth always had at least two teammates who could help pinpoint problems with his swing.
"If you look at my season, I had three or four different stances because I wasn't comfortable," Werth said. "Comfort in the box was the biggest issue. I couldn't get comfortable. My swing wasn't good. I didn't have my videos from last year until almost April -- until the end of Spring Training. Spring Training wasn't sound. Things were a little off. I just kind of marked that up to the situation. I was trying to figure out how to deal with it.
"Since then, I have regained my composure, my style of play and my level of comfort, and played like the player I can be. I have a very unique swing, a very unique swing path. It's my own. There are not too many guys that swing like that."
(via Nationals.com, 9/19/2011)
He forgot to mention his dog ate it
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