Nats' Williams takes reprieve on Babe Ruth impression

Nats' Williams takes reprieve on Babe Ruth impression
August 22, 2014, 12:30 am
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This week Nationals manager Matt Williams revealed a goal for his team: win 10 straight and he'll do his impression of Babe Ruth, an act he gained attention for in the early 1990s as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

Well, now that the Nats have won 10 straight, will Williams hold up his end of the deal? Eventually, yes, he says. But now is not the time. 

Here is how the skipper explained it:

“Well, as in any situation with games or any of that, timing is important. Timing is important, so I wouldn’t imagine that right now is the proper time. It’s probably not appropriate. But in some form or fashion, at some point, probably in the privacy of some stadium somewhere, we’ll bring it out again. I don’t know when that will be.”

If that sounded like a promise, Williams confirmed it was.

"I haven’t done it since the last time I did it, but a promise is a promise. At some point, somewhere … I can’t tell you when that will be, but at some point.”

As far as the timing goes, Williams didn't expound. But there are a few conclusions that can be drawn.

For one, the Nationals are in the middle of a 10-game winning streak. Baseball players are superstitious and so is Williams, no one in the Nats clubhouse would want to do anything to shake up what they have going.

Also, Williams could be sensitive to the message it sends around the league, and to his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom the Nats just swept. Could it be construed as bad sportsmanship? You know somebody, somewhere will try and make that case.

If Williams were to do it this week, it would also draw a lot of attention, perhaps nationally. The hype is there, if he were to come through, that video would travel very far. Perhaps that is not the type of attention he wants at this juncture.

Speaking of timing, however, it would be a pretty big coincidence if he were to do it on Friday, as originally promised. The Giants just happen to be in town for a three-game series this weekend. Williams, though, wants to do it another time.

"It's not appropriate. You talk to folks and you say 'hey, boy, sure we'd like to win 10 in a row.' But at some point it will be fun and appropriate, but not right now."