So Adam Kilgore and James Wagner of the Washington Post were artists in residence over at the Nationals page on Reddit on Wednesday, answering questions from readers and sharing stories that aren't fit for print. Kilgore shared perhaps the greatest behind the scenes Nationals clubhouse story we've heard since Elijah Dukes left town: That time when Jayson Werth's Great Dane, Magnus, peed on the Nats logo in the Nationals clubhouse after a game against the Cubs in 2012. Via Kilgore on Reddit:
Jayson Werth used to bring around his dog, Magnus, an enormous, gray Great Dane. The dog was the size of a small horse -- if he stood on his hind legs, it could put his front legs on Werth's shoulder. Just a massive dog.
Werth is still in the shower as Magnus is walking around the clubhouse. Magnus stops in the middle of the room, right on the Nationals logo, lifts his back leg and unleashes the foulest-smelling stream of dog urine in world history. And it kept going. Storen starts waving his arm like a third base coach. Clippard yells, "Now THAT'S Natitude!" Reporters, players, clubbies are all laughing their head off.
Werth walks from the training room to his locker. He's got no clue what's going on. He hears all this commotion, looks over and his eyes go bug-eyed. "I told Morse to quit feeding him so much water!" he says. Everyone cracks up. One of the funniest damn things I've ever seen.
Magnus is not welcome in the Nationals clubhouse.
Note: Obviously, the photo above has been doctored and is not Jayson Werth's Great Dane, Magnus. It's simply one of first images that shows up on a google image search for "large gray great dane", superimposed over a 2008 pre-Opening Night photo of the home clubhouse at Nationals Park by the great JDLand, brought to you by the Photoshop wizardry of the great @md_dc from @NatsArchive. We're sorry.
And yes, those are the jerseys of Aaron Boone, Nick Johnson, and Austin Kearns hanging in the background.
The good news is, Nationals pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training on February 13.