1. Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run in NLDS Game 4 (2012)
Every sports fan has those defining moments where you remember exactly where you were for “the play.”
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When Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman unloaded a pair of homers in the eighth inning against Chicago last fall, I was sitting at a bar in Milwaukee with my dad and my girlfriend, arms raised while the Cubs fan next to us shook his head in disbelief. During Stephen Strasburg’s first career start, I was watching alone in my living room, giddy with every additional strikeout. And for Jayson Werth’s slam, I was having a birthday dinner at the Annapolis Cheesecake Factory with my family, hanging on with each excruciating foul ball. I haven’t dined at a Cheesecake Factory since, but every time I drive by one, I still think of that home run.
Werth’s play over his seven seasons in Washington did not always match his nine-figure contract, but his walk-off home run in the 2012 NLDS against St. Louis summed up his playing style. Only Werth could cap off a 13-pitch at-bat with a heroic walk-off home run.
His flair, hair, grit, and passion will be missed in D.C. He will always be remembered for that homer.