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Jayson Werth on playing hero for the Nats: 'You live for those moments'

Jayson Werth on playing hero for the Nats: 'You live for those moments'

Jayson Werth may be a grizzled 14-year veteran in the big leagues, but that doesn't mean he still doesn't revel in playing hero whenever the situation calls for it. 

With the Nationals down 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies, his old club, the 37-year-old left fielder got to live out the scenario every young ballplayer dreams of: Bottom of the ninth inning, bases loaded, two outs and a packed Nats Park crowd of 34,294 anxiously hoping for the big hit. 

"You live for those moments," he said. "[Growing] up playing whiffle ball in the back yard, you always run through those situations."

And as has been the case numerous times in his tenure with the Nats, Werth came through. He pounced on a 2-2 fastball from Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez, lining it up the middle for a two-run walk-off single to clinch a 5-4 victory, prompting thunderous cheers from the D.C. faithful — and drawing nearly all of the Nats dugout to chase him deep into right field for a celebratory mobbing

"It was fun," Danny Espinosa said of the postgame scene. "Takes a while to get out there, ran a good distance, but it was great seeing [Werth] come through right there." 

The win bailed out Jonathan Papelbon, who looked like he was going to be the game's goat after allowing a go-ahead solo home run to Maikel Franco in the top of the frame. But the Nats had a chance to redeem their beleaguered closer thanks to singles from Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa followed by a Clint Robinson walk. From there, it was a matter of hoping a typically clutch hitter lived up to his reputation one more time. 

"Jayson, no matter what he’s doing or how he’s playing, he’s been a clutch man all these years," Dusty Baker said. "And clutch men know how to come through.  And clutch men love to be in that situation." 

"[We have] a lot of confidence [in Werth]," Espinosa added. "He's been there in the playoffs. He's been there, he's got like 13 years in the big leagues, he's been there a lot. It was a professional at-bat right there." 

The victory also capped off the Nats' second consecutive sweep of the division rival Phillies, and put Washington at a season-high 15 games over .500 with a 39-24 record — tied for second-best in the majors. 

For Werth's part, the game-ending knock serves as a reminder that perhaps the reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. Since May 30, he's hitting .306/.375/.639 with three home runs and 11 RBIs, and he's already closing in on his 2015 totals for most offensive categories.

And unlike last season, he's managed to stay healthy, showing that he can still add value to his team — even in the latter part of that seven-year, $126 million contract. 

"I want to win," Werth said. "I want to help my teammates win and be a part of a championship team. Whatever I can do.”

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.