Did Jayson Werth sign autograph for fellow inmate while doing time? (photo)
Jayson Werth ran afoul of the boys in blue when he was caught going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone in July. The Washington Nationals outfielder pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge last week and was ordered to serve five days in jail, which apparently is a common punishment for such a crime.
Werth has been granted permission to serve his mini-sentence on the weekends so his time in the hoosegow doesn’t interfere with his rehabilitation following shoulder surgery, but that apparently does not mean he didn’t mingle with fellow inmates during his first stint in lockup.
A post to reddit over the weekend comes from a man who claims to have received an autograph from Werth before his release.
“Told Jayson Werth I was at game 4 back in 2012. My last day in the system was neat,” the post to reddit reads from the inmate also purportedly doing time at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
The game in question was Game 2 of the 2012 National League Division Series between Werth’s Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals. While the Cards went on to win the series three games to two, the Nats did stave off elimination in that game with a 2-1 victory capped by a walkoff home run from Werth in the bottom of the ninth that became the stuff of relative legend.
Yahoo! Sports’ Big League Stew notes that the signature appears to resemble other Werth autographs on the market, so it is possible that this is really an autograph Werth gave to a fellow inmate while locked up in the pokey. At least we hope it’s the real deal, as landing an autograph from a man currently starring in the major leagues is a pretty awesome piece of memorabilia.