Jayson Werth made an important steal of second base for the Washington Nationals in the third inning Wednesday night, pulling up short of the bag and doing a little ballet dance to avoid the tag of Houston Astros infielder Jose Altuve.
After he stuck his right foot on the bag, Werth stood tall and extended his arms in a "Safe!" motion, giving the 6-foot-5 slugger an impressive wingspan, not unlike that of the Wandering Albatross, only with a werewolf beard. Via the Washington Post, Werth described his maneuver like this:
"I gave them the old Whoop-Dee-Do,” Werth said.
Twinkletoes Werth. Meanwhile, with the 5-foot-5 Altuve crouched in an athletic stance, even after extending his glove higher toward the umpire as if to say "Out!", he still looked like a little baby bird begging to be fed. See:
Werth must have gotten 11 or 12 Altuves high there. He later scored, and more of Werth's deft base running also helped the Nationals rally with three runs in the seventh inning. They won 6-5. Werth explained how, at 35 years old, he still can contribute in ways other than with a thunderous swing:
“There’s more than one way to win a game,” Werth said. “You can do it with your glove. You can do it with your bat. You can do it with your legs. I’m not nearly as fast as I used to be. I’m still as crafty. I didn’t get any hits tonight, but I feel like I did a lot to help my team win.”
Crafty. Also: "You can do it with your glove. You can do it with your bat. You can do it with your legs." It's positively Dr. Seussian.
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