WORDS ARE WERTH-LESS[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”EMAIL NEWSLETTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” size=”sm” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjohnstrubel.com%2F2021%2F10%2Femail-updates%2F”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There was a time when opinions in Washington mattered. But, then came the lies and cover ups: Kennedy (and Marilyn), Watergate, Iran-Contra, Clinton and Lewinsky, the debate over weapons of mass distruction in Iraq, [insert your favorite lie here]. Truth? Honesty? Ha! Welcome to the Nation’s Capital where lies are spun faster than cotton candy at the local fair.
On Wednesday, Nats leftfielder Jayson Werth served up a big, fat lie when he told reporters that the National League East was “our division to lose.” False. That’s not a fair-weathered fans opinion, that is simply untrue. If the season ended today, the New York Mets would win the N.L. East and the Washington Nationals would be busy cleaning out their lockers and making off-season golf plan.
Werth told the media:
“I think it’s a matter of time, really. We’re a great second-half team. We’ve been playing, half our team has been hurt all year. That’s the reality of it. When we all get back, we’re right there, in first place. We’re a game out now. But I think going forward we can get all back healthy and get rolling and it’s our division to lose.”
The Mets have not fired back at Werth, or for that matter, remarks made in recent days by Bryce Harper. Good move. Take it from another Washington figure, someone much wiser, more influential and exceedingly more powerful than I will ever be, Abraham Lincoln: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
The Mets need to stay focused on tonight’s game, and each game after that. Ignore the Nationals hot air. The Mets and Nationals will play each other six more times during the regular season, three in Washington (September 7-9) and three in New York (October 2-4) the final weekend of the regular season. Unless the Nats or Mets suddenly imploded, it’s likely the true winner of the National League East will come down to those two series.
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