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Jayson Werth on difficulty of hitting: ‘There’s nothing harder in the galaxy’


Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth may have gotten himself into a hyperbolic conundrum while expounding upon just how hard it is to hit a baseball during a recent conversation on the topic.

Werth went astronomical when attempting to explain the difficulties related to putting bat to ball, arguing that there it may be the most the challenging thing to do in our entire galaxy (via The Washington Post):

His close friend Raul Ibañez, the ageless outfielder now playing for the Los Angeles Angels, once told him, “If you can hit, you can do anything.” Werth found it irrefutable, a simple edict spun from perfect logic.

“Because it doesn’t work both ways,” Werth said. “Just because you can do something else doesn’t mean you can hit. If you can hit, you can do anything. Because it’s the hardest thing to do. There’s nothing harder. I can bake a cake. I could figure out a way to do algorithms. But a guy that knows how to do algorithms could never hit. It’s literally the hardest thing to do. If you can do the hardest thing, you can do anything else.”

“There’s nothing harder in the galaxy,” he said.

Baking a cake, performing algorithms, sure, those things can be difficult, but when compared to hitting a baseball? Mere child’s play.

Werth may indeed have a point. Others have argued the same thing many times and in many ways. But the hardest thing to do in the galaxy? That’s a bit much. But an excellent way of articulating his thoughts on the subject nonetheless. Profound, even.

Tony Kornheiser, meanwhile, tore into Werth for his comments, saying the slugger is an “idiot” during his ESPN 980 radio show (via D.C. Sports Bog):

“He’s an idiot,” Kornheiser said. “He’s just an idiot, Jayson Werth. It may be very hard to hit a pitched baseball. But it’s not the hardest, right? I mean, the sort of self-reverence of that….Again, my ego’s enormous. This is idiotic. I mean, this is Jayson Werth saying ‘I’m an important person because I can do the hardest thing in the world.’ I can. I’m a great hitter. What? C’mon. C’mon. You’re an idiot. There are like 30 things that are harder, and we don’t even have to sit down with a list….

“I’m not even going to say you’re not worth the money, even though nobody’s worth the kind of money you got,” Kornheiser later said. “But this is not the hardest thing in the world, is it? It’s just not. It’s not!!! It angers me….There’s nothing harder in the galaxy? You couldn’t find the galaxy with both hands. Stop. C’mon. Stop it. Please. Give us a break. I’m sure Jayson Werth’s a nice guy, but C’MON!”

Harsh words. Clearly, Kornheiser isn’t a fan of Werth’s cosmic interpretation of hitting and its place in the universe.

Yogi Berra famously once said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” So is trying to wrap one’s brain around Werth’s quote. If that makes any sense. Which it probably does not. Kind of like Werth’s thoughts on the topic of hitting.

Then again, what can you expect from a “Wolf-a-rine” anyway?

(Note: Yes, I know that’s an old Photoshop of Werth from his Phillies days, but come on, it’s somehow perfect for this story)