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Jayson Werth is one of the team leaders on the Washington Nationals. So it should come as no surprise that he authored the team's rallying cry for 2013.
On June 19, the Nats recorded their second sraight loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, which marked the team's 17th loss in 28 games on their 2013 schedule. Werth talked to James Wagner of The Washington Post about the attitude and intensity the team would need to pull out of their slump:
Jayson Werth certainly hasn't lost confidence or resolve: "We gotta show up tomorrow ready to eat somebody's face."
The Nats followed Werth's orders, winning 6-2 in 11 innings. Werth himself played a huge role, hitting two one-run singles, including one with two outs in the ninth to tie the game.
Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post seized the moment as he reported the outcome of the game:
The print headline for this game story: "Nats save face with win." http://t.co/xhytirRX9o
This rallying cry is catching on, in spite of or perhaps because of its offbeat nature. If you don't believe me, log on to Twitter and search for #EatFace. Among those tweets, you'll find members of the Washington Nationals (Ian Desmond and Ryan Mattheus, to name two), MASN's color analyst (FP Santangelo), a CNN political correspondent (Jim Acosta) and yes, even me.
Meanwhile, the geniuses at MLB Fan Cave enhanced the experience for everyone:
A movie for @Nationals fans. #EatFace pic.twitter.com/fnPbC3v5WZ— MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) June 24, 2013
With the entire second half of the season ahead of them, the Nats have a lot of face to eat. It may seem that Washington has bit off more than it can chew, but the team is still hungry for success.