Last we heard from the Nationals, right fielder Jayson Werth was expressing a bit of frustration following the team's third straight loss in Milwaukee, which was their fifth overall, ending an eight-game road trip in which Washington had gone 1-7. "Things need to change," Werth told reporters in the Miller Park clubhouse, as recorded in Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore's story entitled, "Nationals vs. Brewers: Milwaukee completes sweep, 6-4", but what those "things" were, Werth wasn't willing to say:
"I’ve got some ideas obviously, and some thoughts, none I really want to share with the world," Werth said. "I think it’s pretty obvious what’s going on around here."
The first thing reporters wanted to know this afternoon in Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman's pregame press conference was if the Nationals manager thought the team's big free agent signing this past winter was talking about him? "I guess the short answer is no," Riggleman said, "but the long answer is..."
"Changes?" Riggleman asked rhetorically, "That we've got to start winning ballgames. The losing that's taking place here [the last] couple years, that's gotta change. We've got to change some things that we do, how we play, and whatever, but that's about as long as I'll get on that I guess, but to answer you question," Riggleman concluded, "No," he didn't think Werth's comments were aimed at him.
"Did you talk to him about the comments?" Riggleman was asked. "Yeah. Earlier in the year, I mentioned to you guys that I had a conversation with Pudge Rodriguez that we were a little concerned about how it would go because we're saying, 'Pudge, your playing time is going to get backed up a little, ' it turned out to be one of the best conversations I've ever had with a player. This one was very much the same. You hate to rank conversations that you're not looking forward to having and then you have them, but this one was a very good conversation."
"[Werth's] been around a lot of winning and we're not winning right now. I think there are other players who are frustrated, and Jayson is becoming one of the voices of the ballclub, with his experience in the game and he expressed that frustration." Asked one more time to elaborate on what was said during his conversation with Werth, Riggleman declined to share the content of the conversation but he would say that Werth was on board with the team's plans, "He's definitely on board. It was just a really good conversation, he had some ideas, I had some ideas, and I think it was a very good conversation."