I have long been a fan of the philosophical musings of Washington Nationals‘ outfielder Jayson Werth. His finest moment probably came prior to the 2012 season; discussing how he was looking forward to a fresh start after a rough year in 2011, he said the following:
Last year is just one year. I got six more years on this contract, and I plan on playing after this contract. I’ll look back and 2011 will be a fart in the wind.”
Back in 2014, Werth spoke recently about the hot baseball his squad was playing at the end of the 2013 regular season. They ultimately missed the playoffs, but Werth believes they would have been poised to do damage if they had made it (quotes courtesy of the Washington Post).
But all in all, you look at the way we played coming down the stretch, if we get in the postseason, which we only missed by a couple games even though as bad as we played in the first half, but if we get in, I think we’re the best team in baseball at the time and I think it was ours to lose.”
What does that mean for next season?
I can’t speak for everyone. I think everyone is pretty much aware of what happened and where we went wrong. I think it’s an easy fix. We’ve got the guys to do it. We’ve got the right guys. We’ve improved our club. I think it’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to it.”
Just as long as Werth has a microphone in his face a lot, I will be just fine with the Nationals being relevant next season.