Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth arrived to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Friday to begin the first of five days, all on weekends, in jail for reckless driving. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post tweeted this picture of someone who apparently got Werth’s autograph on an inmate handbook while there.
A quick search for Werth autographs on eBay turns up similar signatures, so this appears to be legit. It’s not every day you get a baseball’s autograph in jail.
In saying “Gm 4 was sick!!”, Werth is referring to Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS against the Cardinals in which the veteran slugged a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Lance Lynn, ending a 13-pitch at-bat. The homer tied up the series at 2-2, but the Nationals would ultimately fall to the Cardinals 9-7 in Game 5.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?