Jayson Werth learned a lesson this winter about his new home city, one any freshly minted Washingtonian could relate to. One wrong turn, and you could wind up anywhere.

Three days before spring training, Werth was making the daily drive from his house in suburban Virginia to work out at Nationals Park. "I zigged when I should have zagged," he recalled. Werth peered through his windshield and found himself next to another tall, bearded figure who was reared in Springfield, Ill., before he came to D.C.