Mike Wise, on Twitter:
Mike Wise, in his column:
Let’s also not excuse Werth’s “leadership.” I’ve come around on his value to this club on and off the field after early reservations about his physical frailty and his surliness at times in the clubhouse. But you don’t speak to reporters on the last night of the season, instead ducking out and leaving your teammates to answer for their surprising loss?Nuh-uh, that’s not leadership.
John Feinstein, in his CBS Sports Radio Minute:
“Often, when an athlete ducks the media in defeat, fans defend him, saying he doesn’t have to talk to the media. Actually, yes, he does. Because he owes it to the fans, who — wait for it — pay his salary.
“On Tuesday, 24 members of the Washington Nationals and their manager handled their crushing loss to the San Francisco Giants like men, showing up to talk about the loss. The one exception was Jayson Werth. This is nothing new for Werth, who’s only being paid $17 million a year, and apparently doesn’t think he has any responsibility to those who pay his salary, other than to play well. Of course, Werth failed miserably at that when it mattered, too, hitting .059 against the Giants. At least he was consistent: Worth-less on the field, and off it.”