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He shares his experiences from playing on the 2009 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies and tells the Nats that they can do the same this year. He keeps them relaxed if they’re too tight and gives them a kick if they’re too loose. That’s why general manager Mike Rizzo was willing to overpay and endure the wrath of fellow baseball executives.

Rizzo knew the intangibles that Werth would bring to losing culture. He also knew there would be some concrete factors as well — like a game-winning homer to stave off elimination or a booster shot of confidence the night before.

“I just knew the type of mentality our club has, and the guys, they bring it every day,” Werth said after he forced a decisive Game 5. “I knew that [loss Wednesday] wasn’t going to get them down.”