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Jayson Werth Was Only Sort-Of Kidding With His 'Let Teddy Win' Stuff

You'd think that Jayson Werth's weekend stunt to help Teddy win the President's race at Nationals Park was all just a funny diversion at the end of a long season. But no, Werth says there was some seriousness to it all. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

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"It was a joke on some levels, but on some levels not with the whole Teddy thing," Werth said. "There’s an expectancy of losing there. It goes back to the first month of the season when we won two games in a row and [a reporter] asked me about the two-game winning streak. It’s like, ‘No.’ That whole thing had to stop. That had to stop in a big way. When an organization or a team is really young and is coming from many losing seasons, it starts to get ingrained. I’m not saying that I’m the one who changed it. It’s got to be a conscious effort on everybody’s part. But I definitely wasn’t complacent when I saw that happening."

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I'm not sure how all of that has to do with a gimmick like Teddy losing, but whatever. For more of Werth rambling about culture changes, read the whole story.