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Nationals fans construct 9-foot-tall Jayson Werth sculpture out of seafood cans (photo)

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Jayson Werth certainly captures the imagination of Washington Nationals fans, that is without question. Perhaps it has something to do with his rather unique appearance, highlighted by his shaggy beard and long, flowing locks of hair. Perhaps it’s something else.

Maybe it has to do not only with his current appearance, but how Werth transformed himself from a quasi-geeky prospect who once looked like this:

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… into a dude who looks like he’d be just as comfortable serving as a roadie for ZZ Topp as he would playing professional baseball.

Whatever it is, fans love him, which is why it should not come as a surprise that a group of Nationals fans used Werth as inspiration for their entry into something called a “Canstruction” competition, which of course is a competition that pits teams against one another in constructing things out of, you guessed it, cans.

The “Canstruction” competitions are held throughout the country with the cans of food donated to local food shelves once the judging is over.

Samuel Robinson, a big-time Nationals fan and leader of a Canstruction team, decided that Werth would be the perfect subject for a sculpture, resulting in this impressive nine-foot-tall canned behemoth inspired by a Jayson Werth Garden Gnome that currently is on display in D.C.’s Reagan National Airport, as are the other entries in the competition.

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The team used seafood because cans in which the product was stored were the smallest. It required ten staffers, about six hours and 2,263 cans of seafood at a cost of approximately $3,700 to construct the sculpture. $7,000 was raised for the project, with the funds not used donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

The team hopes that Werth himself will stop by the airport to marvel at their canned ingenuity, as it is “a unique opportunity for him to see a 9-foot tall, canned-seafood gnome-age to himself, and to help us bring attention to a good cause.”

Indeed.

[H/T D.C. Sports Bog, image courtesy of  Samuel Robinson]