But the 10th loss in 13 games to the Braves this season is a sobering reality that made Werth think back to the day he decided to first become a Washington National and what that meant to him at the time.
“As far as where we are at and where we are going, I read something the other day, found some notes,” Werth said. “It was before I signed here. I was reading over the stuff for the Nats, one of the things it said was they would be, we would be good towards the end of my contract.
“So it kind of put things in perspective with the success last year and really where we are at now with the guys. We are still in a building phase. I know with all the expectations it doesn’t really seem like that. We got a lot of young players. The direction is still good. We got a lot of talent. There is a lot of things to look forward to here in Washington.”
Werth sounded a bit like he was resigned that this season was not going to work out for the Nationals. They have lost 60 times through 114 games. They lost only 64 games all of last season in winning their first ever N.L. East crown.
But he then said that he has not given up on this season and never would as long as he was on the lineup card.
“It is not over,” Werth said. “Like I said, we are not there yet. Even when you get to that point, you are not going to give up. As long as there is a pitcher on the mound and I am in the lineup I am going to give it the best effort. Right now it is not lining up for us.”
Posted: August 08, 2013 at 08:29 AM | 23 comment(s)
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