City Paper is not for tourists
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, we learned this past summer, has a face made for ceramic lawn ornaments. The outfielder’s stonewall visage, framed by his trademark thick, disheveled beard, was chiseled into more than 25,000 pint-sized garden gnomes as part of an August promotional giveaway at Nats Park. The gnomes were received with rabid fanfare, like the Cabbage Patch Kid dolls of Beltway sports paraphernalia, as they now go for more than $100 on Ebay. At the outset of the Nats’ short-lived playoff run, the organization hid some 100-odd additional gnomes throughout the District, six of which were autographed by the life-sized Jayson Werth and doubled as tickets to Game 2 of the National League Division Series. The gnomes have since been embraced as subsidiary mascots.