For the second time in four games, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth delivered a walk-off hit. On Sunday, it was a walk-off two-run single to overcome a 4-3 deficit against the Phillies. On Wednesday, it was an RBI single to end a topsy-turvy game against the Cubs.
Werth is known for his devil may care attitude, which endears him to some fans and annoys others. He’ll always tell you what he’s feeling, though, and today was no different when he was interviewed on the field by MASN’s Dan Kolko. Chris Lingebach of 1067 The Fan has the transcript:
The key part of the interview with the 37-year-old Werth:
Kolko: “You’ve talked about people maybe criticizing your age coming into this season and you’ve said you’ve had a little bit left in the tank, you’re convinced of that. How do you feel just about the way that you’re swinging it, and what you’ve been able to accomplish over these last four days?”
Werth: “Yeah! Those people can kiss my ass!”
Would that more athletes were as colorful as Werth with the media. But, unfortunately, athletes are often met with “stick to sports” or are silenced in other ways when they venture beyond the cliches.
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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.