Wire Taps: Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell Calls Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth "A Complete _ _ _"

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Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell had some harsh words for Washington Nationals' outfielder Jayson Werth after an "incident" with fans in Citizens Bank Park last night.

There's a reason they call him "The Cruciverbalist." Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell made an appearance on Philadelphia's SportsRadio 94WIP this morning and when The WIP Morning Show's host Angelo Cataldi asked the former Governor what he thought of Jayson Werth's fake toss of a fouled off ball that sent the Citizens Bank Park crowd into a hate-filled frenzy in the ninth inning last night, Mr. Rendell told Mr. Cataldi he thought the former Phillies' outfielder who's currently patrolling right field for the Nationals was a, "... seven letter word... and the first letter is 'A' and the last letter is 'E.'" That got big laughs from the host, and the former Governor continued, "Jayson Werth is a complete a - -. You're right. The fans did make his career and we made him a star and we got him that contract. Players are nuts. Players are nuts sometimes. The fans were great to Jayson Werth." The fans got him his contract? Moving on. The Nats and Phillies play the third game of their three-game set tonight in CBP. Should be a fun environment. If Werth really feeds off the boos like Nats' skipper Davey Johnson said last night, he should have a big game in the series finale. Til then it's links and lots of them... starting... RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!:

• "A candidate for several managerial jobs over the last three years, [Bo] Porter interviewed with the Astros two weeks ago." - "Porter to be named Astros manager" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• NATS BEAT:

• "Davey Johnson has not finalized the fringes of the Nationals’ playoff roster, at least not publicly, but today he gave a general idea of how the Nationals will look..." - "Davey Johnson’s preliminary thoughts on the Nationals’ playoff roster" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The 19-year-old [Bryce] Harper joined Tony Conigliaro as the only teenagers to reach 20 homers in big league history." - "Harper hits 20th home run, Nats beat Phillies" - Rob Maaddi, AP/WTOP.com

• "It's hard to call a game a 'must-win' when the club is leading by four games with just seven to play, but Wednesday's 8-4 victory against the Phillies may have been just that for the Nationals." - "Nationals' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 27, 2012" - Joey Nowak, nationals.com: News

• "By all rights, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo's name already should be inscribed on baseball's various executive of the year awards." - "Nationals' Rizzo should be honored" - Thom Loverro, WashingtonExaminer.com

•"'I was so excited for [Werth],' Bryce Harper said. 'With these fans going crazy, booing him, telling him he [stinks] and whatnot, they don’t know what they’re missing.'" - "Nationals vs. Phillies: Jayson Werth delivers the final blow as Washington nears NL East title" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "'I've always come in and always thought I've pitched well (in Philadelphia), but some stuff didn't go my way,' Lannan said." - "Nationals Pastime: Big-game Lannan comes through again (Porter reportedly named Astros manager)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "'I’ve played a lot of games here and I’m fairly aware of how the fans can be,' Werth said.'" - "Lannan, bats lead Nationals over Phillies" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The hit was a big play by itself, but the scene made it memorable. The crowd jeered Werth during his entire at-bat, even more than usual." - "Jayson Werth explains his fake ball toss in Philadelphia" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "They all came early, and they came before you could blink. Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki all homered in a span of seven batters..." - "Instant analysis: Nats 8, Philies 4" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Washington's bullpen has never been about job titles." - "Nationals' Clippard trying to shake it off" - Brian McNally, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "When reporters asked about his day off, [Danny] Espinosa had been given no explanation for why he was out of the lineup." - "Davey Johnson sits Danny Espinosa" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'They're all big games,' [Davey] Johnson said. 'The first game we played of the year is a big game. I never try to get too upset or too giddy when you win a bunch.'" - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - September 27, 2012" - Cash Kruth, MLB.com Preview

• "The Phillies, who closed to within three games of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot following a late push, are on the verge of elimination." - "Nationals' magic number down to four after win over Phillies" - Rob Maaddi, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "[Bo] Porter interviewed with the Astros in Houston on Sept. 13. He would not have accepted any position that prevented him from finishing the Nationals’ run with Washington." - "Nationals third base coach Bo Porter to be named Astros manager" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter will be named the next manager of the Houston Astros, a source confirmed to The Washington Times." - "Houston Astros to name Nationals third base coach Bo Porter as next manager" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "MLB.com: Why do you say that regarding [Davey] Johnson? [Mike] Rizzo: He is the steady-handed leader that this group of guys needed." - "Mike Rizzo discusses Nationals' success in 2012 and beyond" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "The playoff picture in the National League is close to being set with four teams already assured of spots in the postseason." - "Getting starters ready for the postseason: Where to begin?" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

""'A big game, a big outing for John [Lannan],' shortstop Ian Desmond said. 'That was a huge win for us.'" - "Lannan, Werth overcome their Philly demons" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com

• "If you watch the Nationals these days between your fingers, if you take walks to get away from the TV, if you invent good-luck charms or incantations... " - "For Nationals fans, final week of the season isn’t going to be easy" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

•"The win was critical because the surging Braves won again -- Atlanta has won nine of its last 11 -- but the Nationals were able to maintain their four-game lead..." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - September 26, 2012" - Joey Nowak, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "'Jayson [Werth] thrives on that kind of stuff,' shortstop Ian Desmond said. 'When it's all stacked up against him, he comes through.'" - "Nationals Pastime: Werth discusses his big hit and his fake-out ball toss" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "The boos were relentless. Werth stepped in and delivered a big two-run single to give the Nationals some breathing room in their 8-4 victory." - "Jayson Werth explains the ball fake that got him booed in Philadelphia" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[John] Lannan had exorcised his demons the last time he took the hill in Philadelphia, earning a win Sept. 21, 2011 with five serviceable innings." - "John Lannan defies his history in Philadelphia, pitches Nationals a step closer" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "I like to point out that our nature is basically compassionate because we are social animals. What brings us together is love and affection."

• NATSTOWN:

• "F.P. Santangelo, 44, has narrated a memorable summer in Washington as the team’s ever-present voice, charged with providing texture and meaning to every twist and turn of the season..." - "F.P. Santangelo at home in Washington Nationals booth" - Rick Maese, The Washington Post

• "September 27, 1905 Tom Hughes shutouts Cleveland for the 5th time this season, a ML record, 5-0, in Washington." - "This Date in Washington Senators History – Mickey Vernon secures the AL batting title" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "Quite the scene in the 9th inning Wednesday night, when Jayson Werth (in the on deck circle) fake-tossed a Danny Espinosa foul ball to Phillies fans..." - "Jayson Werth fake-tosses ball to Phillies fans, gets booed, hits single" - Nats Enquirer

•"The word 'trolling' is overused in the sports portion of the Internet. But there’s no other way to describe Jayson Werth’s actions on Wednesday night." - "Jayson Werth fakes out fans, steals Phanatic’s keys" - Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post

• "Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki each homered in the Washington Nationals’ 8-4 win over the third-place Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park Wednesday night." - "Washington Nationals Game 155 Review: Nats’ bats come alive in 8-4 win over Phils" - Alyssa Wolice, District Sports Page

• "In terms of being the future manager of the team, [Bo] Porter was a definite possibility." - "Nats Losing Bo Porter" - The Nationals Review

• "F.P Santangelo and Bob Carpenter. If you are a Nationals fan you either love ‘em, hate ‘em, or just mute ‘em. Both sides have their devoted factions." - "One Report Says MASN Broadcast The Seventh Most Biased In Baseball" - William Yoder, The Nats Blog

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Marlins: "The Miami Marlins offered Adam Greenberg one more chance in the major leagues on Thursday morning's edition of NBC's Today Show." - "Adam Greenberg will get his ‘One At-Bat’ with the Miami Marlins next Tuesday" - Kevin Kaduk, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

Phillies: "The final insult Wednesday was levied in the ninth inning when a half-empty Citizens Bank Park watched in horror while its $126 million villain celebrated." - "Nationals light up Kendrick and beat Phillies" - Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

Mets: "Don’t blame the reconfigured Citi Field for the Mets’ brutal play at home this season." - "New York Mets satisfied with changes made to Citi Field dimensions" - Mike Puma, NYPOST.com

Braves: "[Paul] Maholm dominated the Marlins with 6 2/3 innings of shutout work in what he treated as a test run for the playoffs." - "Braves beat Marlins and clinch top wild card spot – updated" - Carroll Rogers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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