Matt Williams Fired: Now We’ll Never See That Babe Ruth Impersonation
Matt Williams is out as manager of the Nationals -- the organization cleaning house today by also firing his entire coaching staff. Washington finished 83-79 in a season in which it was expected to challenge for a World Series title. Instead, the front office awkwardly dismissed the man who was voted Manager of the Year just the season before.
The lowlight, aside from the team's record, was a dugout fracas involving Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper, in which Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat. It was a fight that Williams wasn't even aware of until later in the day.
And now we'll never get to see the Babe Ruth impersonation.
In 1991 while playing for the Giants, Williams stuffed a pillow under his jersey and did an impersonation of Ruth hitting a home run and waddling around the bases (see below). He did it a couple of times that season. When reminded of this last season by Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo, Williams said that he'd break out the impersonation again if the Nationals won 10 straight games.
Washington eventually did win 10 straight, and Williams said he would honor the promise -- when the time was right. It evidently never was, and the 2014 season came and went (the Nats losing to the Giants in the playoffs). Williams said he would do it sometime in 2015, but as the season turned sour, he again felt that the time wasn't right, and never got around to it.
As the season progressed, the knock on Williams was that he was stiff and unapproachable in the clubhouse, and as a result was losing the team. In a weird way, that impersonation may have saved his job. It would have loosened things up, done a lot to change his image, and the season could have gone in a different direction.
Now we may never see fake Babe Ruth ever again. If Williams does get another job managing a team, it needs to be the first thing he does.
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