Jayson Werth is settling in with the Nationals both on the field and off. He has a chance to make a big impact on the ballclub and he knows it.
His first impressions of D.C. have been positive. He says the fans are good and he wants to turn Washington into a baseball town. Right now, Jayson's top priority is winning. That's why he's here. He admitted to me winning isn't easy but with hard work and some luck, it will come.
"We have a lot of chemistry to build on," he said. "Time will tell ... who knows - we might be there at the end."
Werth credits Nats GM Mike Rizzo for acquiring players with good character. That can make such a difference during the grind of a 162 game schedule. The 2011 veterans understand their role and it seems like this group is all on the same page.
It also helps to have Werth as a leader. Many of the younger players have told me how helpful he has been. After all, he comes from the Philadelphia Phillies organization where he learned a lot about professionalism.
"I feel like I lead by example," Werth said. "I came from a place with a lot of veterans where we got to see true professionals. Hopefully I can bring a little of that here with me and help mold these guys into the type of players they can be."
One final note: After a cold weekend in Washington, the Nats are enjoying some 80 degree weather here in Miami! Take a look at this view (photo above) from our hotel room in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.