The rumor started floating around the Nationals clubhouse as soon as players trickled back into their happy clubhouse. "Folklore," Jayson Werth said. The home run Werth had crushed in the first inning deserved a legend attached to it. A member of the grounds crew sent word that the baseball Werth swatted clean out of Space Coast Stadium had flown over the bleachers and crashed into his own truck.

"That's usually where I park," Werth said. "You can only hope."

The mammoth home run continued the good feeling Werth has about this spring, and the rest of the Nationals have about him. With the increased comfort his second season in the same place brought, Werth has used this spring to separate his poor first season from what he believes is a bright future.