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Jayson Werth isn’t fond of his 2014 Topps baseball card

Feb 28, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

Jayson Werth AP

There have been some bad baseball cards in the past. Billy Ripken’s infamous “[Expletive] Face” bat. Jay Johnstone’s umbrella hat. Chuck Finley’s bat/guitar. But at least it was unmistakable who was in it.

Jayson Werth isn’t the only visible National in his card in the Topps 2014 set, something he isn’t too happy about, according to Dave Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

“Whose card do you think that is?” [Werth] asked.

It’s a picture that includes Werth pointing to something in the stands at Nationals Park — he’s not sure what anymore. It’s kind of neat, actually. But … it could be anybody’s card.

“Thank you,” Werth said.

Brown’s article includes a snapshot of the card. While you can make a reasonable assumption that Werth is the focus of the card since he’s closest to the middle, Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond are clearly visible on the left side of the card. As Brown notes, even trainer Steve Gober gets some face time in the frame.

Werth isn’t enraged about the issue or anything, but you can bet Topps will give the Nats outfielder his deserved face time in the next edition.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    That card is the only reason Billy Ripken is better remembered than Brent Gretzky (part of the most prolific scoring brother tandem in NHL history)

  2. themuddychicken - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Not outraged. Bemused, however.

  3. bpearse230 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    It’s better than the Glenn Hubbard snake/phillie phanatic card

  4. sabatimus - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Please, Bill. This is all you can come up with for spring training?

    • Sign Ahead - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      “Is this the best you can do?” is the pop fly of blog comments. You’re not gonna make it to the show with stuff like that, son.

  5. hittfamily - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    David Price’s picture day photo can’t even be shown on television.

    • karlkolchak - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      When I was in elementary school I used to get excited to have my picture taken…but not that excited.

  6. tanzkommandant - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    He’s almost performing a quenelle. Think about it.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      The Quenelle is done only by repulsive people who like to make fun of Holocaust victims while playing up the persecution complex of claiming that the modern day Jewry is keeping them down what with all those French and German laws that make joking about the Holocaust, or praising the Holocaust, or referring to a false history of the Holocaust. So, yeah, your comment sucks.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:10 AM

        My comment sucks, too, since it didn’t finish in a complete sentence.

        “modern day Jewry is keeping them down what with all those French and German laws that make joking about the Holocaust, or praising the Holocaust, or referring to a false history of the Holocaust…. *as being illegal by going against the wishes of their Nation.

      • tanzkommandant - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        Laws preventing the freedom of speech are always a positive step for society & they should be enacted more often.

      • Old Gator - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        His left arm is extended up and outwards and his right hand is nowhere near his left shoulder. Now to what kind of idiot does that actually resemble a quenelle?

        Well, I guess lowlives see what they want to see.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        @kommandant: no stupid. laws protecting people from hateful vilification are a necessary and integral part of a just society. Its laws like that which see to it the police don’t arrive at your door and haul your stupid self away

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Get your racist, jackass self out of here, moron

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    I read an article about him in Sports Illustrated, probably 2 years ago. He seems to be a guy trying to be as private as he can be in his chosen career , which is obviously difficult. That being said, growing a beard that makes him very recognizable and now complaining about his baseball card seem very contradictory of that.

  8. coachbrew - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    I think we’re all missing the real story here, which is that Ian Desmond’s mom is named Pattie Paradise.

    • sfbookreviews - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:24 AM

      That was going to be my takeaway here too … until hittfamily showed me a picture I wish I could unsee but that will haunt me every time a David Price trade rumor is mentioned.

  9. recoveringcubsfan - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I think it’s kind of cool that a ball player cares at all about his card. Kids now don’t spend much time staring at cards, the way we used to, and guessing Jayson did that a lot when he was just dreaming about the big leagues, it’s natural that he still sees something important in the cards themselves. Really neat. In fifty years, no one will know what the hell he was talking about. This little bit of a story is a nice snapshot of the last generation that only had baseball cards and what it carries forward for them today.

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