Three days after giving one of the greatest postgame, on-field interviews in Nationals Park history, during which he referred to closer Jonathan Papelbon — the man who once had his hands around Bryce Harper’s throat — as The D.C. Strangler, Werth raised the bar — and a few eyebrows — Wednesday evening.
“Holy s—!” said Werth, who pointed to the sellout crowd during his postgame interview after giving the Nationals a 5-4 win over the Cubs with a 12th-inning single. “Man, Kolko, we should do this more often.”
Kolko and Werth have done this — usually minus the profanity — quite a few times over the last three years. Here’s a look back at some of their best postgame chats.
1. Kiss my a–!
Recency bias? Nah. Wednesday’s interview, which Werth ended by telling his critics to kiss his a–, was the best one yet. Werth extended a second invitation to his haters when he spoke in the clubhouse after the game.
“I’m not oblivious to what’s going on,” Werth said, via Barry Svrluga. “But you want to talk about criticism? Come over to my house about 4 o’clock in the morning, when you’re standing in the mirror with your underwear on, working on your swing. People can say whatever they want, dish out hate as much as they want, but no one’s going to criticize me more than I am. That’s basically what it comes down to. People can kiss my [rear]. I could care less.”
2. The D.C. Strangler
“Well, I knew I was in trouble when I saw The Strangler coming at me,” Werth said after Kolko noted how he was mobbed by his teammates after Sunday’s walk-off hit against the Phillies.
“Who’s The Strangler?” Kolko replied.
“You know, The D.C. Strangler,” Werth said.
3. You go, Dan Kolko.
Werth dropped a “Mean Girls” reference during a postgame interview in May 2014, Kolko’s first year as MASN’s on-field reporter.
“It was one of those games,” Werth said after he robbed Daniel Murphy of a game-tying home run off of Rafael Soriano and preserved a 5-2 win with a leaping grab at the fence. “We got the W, that’s the most important thing. And we’re back here tomorrow to play again. And good for you, Dan Kolko! You go, Dan Kolko!”
4. I don’t know what I’m doing.
“I’m just trying to be aggressive,” Werth told Kolko after he went 2 for 5, including a two-run triple, to raise his average to .197 in a win at Colorado last August. “Things really haven’t been going as planned, so I’m just glad to help the team get a win, a big win for us. I’m just trying to do something up there. I don’t know what I’m doing.”
5. We’ve got a Rally Pigeon.
Werth acknowledged the Rally Pigeon that helped spark the Nationals to a 14-6 comeback win over the Giants in 2014.
“We’re playing good ball right now,” Werth said. “Need to keep it going. Fans have been great. We’ve got a Rally Pigeon. I mean, what more could you ask for?”
What’s your favorite Kolko-Werth postgame interview?