Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, in Buffalo Monday on a rehabilitation stint with the Syracuse Chiefs, proved that professional athletes don't always make news for the wrong reasons.
Following a 7-0 loss to the Buffalo Bisons, Werth dined at West Side restaurant The Black Sheep and left a $100 tip on a $180.53 bill. Perhaps the 2008 World Series winner even perused The News' top 20 restaurants ahead of time!
Local actress Jessica Wegrzyn, who's played roles for Kavinoky Theatre and Theatre of Youth recently and doubles as a waitress at The Black Sheep, posted Werth's tab on her private Instagram account with this clever line:
"Thanks Jayson Werth. You have a real cool beard and you're real nice and I've been told you're a real good baseball player."
(If you're a diehard baseball or Nats fan, you're already aware that Werth's beard has its own Twitter account. Also, if you're really, really into beards, the Nationals are grooming (used loosely) and eventually giving away a Jayson Werth chia pet.)
Though Werth is playing off a seven-year, $126 million contract he signed in 2011, not all wealthy athletes are robust tippers. LeSean McCoy, who was traded to Buffalo this year, made national headlines by leaving a $.20 tip at a Philadelphia restaurant last fall.
Here's to you, Jayson Werth, for being generous when you didn't have to be, and for making a Buffalonian's night.
Email Ben Tsujimoto, who's never left close to a $100 tip in his life, at firstname.lastname@example.org