The Washington Times - October 12, 2012, 10:10AM

After Mike Shanahan updated us on Robert Griffin III’s status after practice Friday (he is expected to play Sunday) and finished his daily news conference, a reporter asked him who he expects to win the World Series.

Shanahan had seen the highlight of Jayson Werth’s walk-off home run Thursday night, which propelled the Nationals to a 2-1 victory over St. Louis and forced Friday’s decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series. And Shanahan used the question to tell a story of how he met Werth when Werth was only 2 years old.

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Werth is 33, and Shanahan got to the University of Florida in 1980, so Werth was about 3 when they met. Shanahan said he was 2. Whatever.

Bob Slowik is the Redskins’ linebackers coach and Shanahan’s good friend dating from his four-year stint as an assistant at Florida. Slowik’s wife, Carol, was the track coach at Florida. Werth’s mother, Kim Schofield, was a track star at Florida who competed in the 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump and 100 meters.

One day Shanahan and the Slowiks got together with Schofield, who brought her toddler son. Shanahan marveled at how athletically the kid threw a ball that day.

It wasn’t until years later that Jayson Werth was in the news one day. Slowik said to Shanahan: “You know who that is, right?”

Shanahan joked that he was disappointed when Werth signed his mega contract with the Nationals because it meant he could never convince Werth to try football.

Shanahan said he always casually follows the local baseball team. No word on whether he officially has Natitude.