Matt Williams knew there would come a time when he would be tested as a big-league manager for the first time. Not for anything he did or said in the dugout during a game. But for what he did or said in the Nationals' clubhouse after a game.
That test came Thursday night when, after a trainwreck of an 8-0 loss to the Cardinals, Williams for the first time had stern words for his players.
Williams had no intention of sharing the contents of his message with the public — "That's for me and my team, and nobody else's business," he said — but the actual contents probably are less important than the rookie manager's tone. So, how upset was he?
"A lot," catcher Jose Lobaton said. "I think not only him. I think everybody. I saw everybody's face. It was kind of a little down, because we know we played really bad."