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Yes, Jayson Werth really did sign at least one autograph in jail


Near the end of January, a Reddit user posted this photo.

“Told Jayson Werth I was at game 4 back in 2012,” he wrote. “My last day in the system was neat.”

The photo, of course, shows a page of the Inmate Handbook from the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, complete with Werth’s autograph.

“George, Gm 4 was sick!!” Werth had written.

Soon after, I got in touch with the person who had posted the image. Understandably, he didn’t want me to use his name. (In fact, he later deleted his name from the original Reddit thread.) He wrote that Werth played some cards with the guys when he arrived on Friday evening, and that since he (George) was being released early the next morning, he asked for a quick autograph. Werth said no problem, leading to what has to be the most unique autograph in Nats history.

Needless to say, the photo made it around the Internet pretty quickly, but we never wrote about it then, because — without being able to use the name of the original poster — we just didn’t feel 100 percent confident in the tale. But Werth confirmed the incident to Adam Kilgore as part of a terrific story in Friday’s Post. The passage:

The guards, Werth said, remained professional, but many fellow inmates recognized him. He autographed one inmate handbook for a man just getting out of jail, who later posted a picture on Reddit. The fan had told him he attended Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division Series, which Werth ended with a walk-off home run. Signing to “George,” Werth scribbled “Gm 4 was sick!!” above his signature.
“That’s authentic,” Werth said.

It’s also one-of-a-kind. At least, I’d assume so.