Jayson Werth qualified for the major league leader boards on Friday night after his 415th plate appearance. He is sixth in average (.325), sixth in on-base percentage (.402), ninth in slugging percentage (.534) and seventh in OPS (.937). He followed a torrid July (.367) with an even hotter August (.393), and thrust himself onto the fringes of the National League MVP conversation despite missing 32 games. He leads the Nationals with 21 home runs and has driven in 63.
But Werth doesn’t like talking about it much. It’s certainly understandable.
“It’s almost like a hold your breath, ride it out and don’t screw anything up,” teammate Adam LaRoche said. “Just like how you don’t talk about a no-hitter. If a pitcher’s got a no-hitter, you don’t come into the dugout and say, ‘Oh hey, by the way, you have a no-hitter.’ Just one of those things that a lot of hitters think that. When you’re going through a hot stretch, it’s, ‘Don’t look at me. Don’t talk to me.’ ”
Werth has been no different. And in honor of his qualifying for the leader boards, here is a collection of some of his most memorable lines and quips deflecting questions about his hot hitting over the past two months.
Asked about his 2 for 4 performance that included a three-run home run on Thursday against the Marlins, Werth stuck to his script. “Oh, I don’t know. I still don’t really want to talk about the whole thing. Keep going. Silence is golden.”
During his on-field interview following that game, he said this of his home run before walking away and ending the questioning: “Ah, I don’t know. It went far. It went over the fence. I don’t care. Let’s go.”
After a 1 for 3 game that included another home run and three runs batted in against the Cubs on Aug. 21, Werth said: “I feel good. That’s probably all I want to say. I don’t really like to talk about it. You play baseball since you were four years old. And I’m fairly superstitious. I’ll leave it at that.”
Or, this line from July 22 when he went 2 for 4 and hit two home runs for the second straight game: “Um, I know. It’s just one of those things better left unsaid, not talk about it.”