Jayson Werth was profiled -- well, as much as Jayson Werth would allow himself to be profiled -- in an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated in which readers get to see a slightly more intimate view of the Phillies right fielder than we're typically used to seeing.
My favorite anecdote from the piece:
One of the first things Werth did at training camp in 2007 was to hand
Manuel a DVD of his '04 highlights. Manuel found the footage as riveting
as his favorite Clint Eastwood films, Pale Rider and The Outlaw Josey Wales.
"Jayson and Clint are both intense and have dry senses of humor," he
says. "The difference is that one's a hitter and one's a gunman."
Both dangerous in their own right. (And look at that photo of Clint above, Werth could totally get away with playing that role.)
The SI piece paints a picture of a guy who doesn't really want to be in the spotlight, who doesn't really like talking about himself, or even others talking about him for that matter. But when you keep smashing doubles at such a tremendous clip, people are going to want to know about you.
As we wrote during Jayson Werth Backlash Week, "Playing well and winning turns down the volume on your critics."
That certainly seems to be the case as of late.
>>Get Out of My Hair! [Sports Illustrated]
The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract.
Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.
In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015.
Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016.
In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries.
Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.
Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.
Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.
"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.
Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.
It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.