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Bill Ladson

Werth recalls special moment with artist sister

Hillary Werth's bats piece auctioned for $26,000 at Dream Gala

Werth recalls special moment with artist sister

WASHINGTON -- Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth made it known Friday that he was proud of his sister, Hillary Werth, a professional artist.

Take what happened June 6 at the Dream Gala, which was hosted by the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. Hillary Werth's artwork, Maxbat American Flag, was auctioned for $26,000. The piece includes 13 bats and looks like an American flag. The artwork also includes the signatures of every Nationals player.

One can imagine Werth's reaction when her brother gave her the news that her artwork was sold. She was emotional.

"That was a pretty big moment," Jayson Werth said. "I was texting here and I stepped out and called her. She was proud. ... For such a good cause, it was pretty neat. I was glad to be there and be able to step out, call my sister and share the moment with her."

Like her brother, Hillary Werth is an athlete. She attended UCLA, but injuries prevented her from living her dream as a track and field athlete. But Jayson Werth is happy she was able to fine her niche in the art world.

"She had some tough times with some injuries in her athletic career, so it's nice to see her get a break in the art world," Werth said. "She kind of got a following here in D.C. because she'll do baseball stuff. She has done a couple of pieces on Bryce [Harper] and a couple of other guys. Once you see her work, you are able to spot it. It's very unique, very original."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.