It has been an eventful season for Washington Nationals’ outfielder Jayson Werth.
He has dealt with issues on and off the field. On the field, he has managed to play well for the first place Nationals despite playing through a lingering right shoulder injury. Off the field, he had an incident where he was pulled over for driving 105 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, a reckless driving offense that potentially carries jail time.
Even with all of that, Werth says that he has a singular focus on winning another championship ring, this time with the Nationals. As passed along by Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, here is what Werth had to say:
“I think we got a month to go, and arguably the most important month of my career,” Werth said. “Ask me in a month, or maybe two, and I’ll have a better answer for you. I like the way we’re playing. I like the way we’re going about it. I like our team. We got a long way to go.
“It’s no secret: I want to win another championship. I want another ring. Those were my intentions when I came here. In order for that to happen, we’re going to have to play good, I’m going to have to play good and we’ve got a long, hard road ahead of us.”
At the end of the 2013 season, Werth insisted that the Nationals were the best team in baseball despite the fact that they missed the playoffs. It looks like those claims are being validated this season, as Washington is at least among the best teams in all of baseball.
For the season Werth is batting .287/.380/.451 with 15 home runs and 75 RBI.