I know we talk an awful lot about the Washington Nationals around here, but when life gives you lemons…
This amazing story by Barry Svrluga in the Washington Post appeared last night. Unnamed Nationals players, young and old, have all voiced their dismay at the leadership shown by Matt Williams. This quote about managerial leadership, from another unnamed Washington player, shows the level of despair that the team is experiencing:
“A couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have thought it made any difference,” one player said this past week. “But after what we’ve been through for two years? It’s huge. Huge.”
Chemistry? Or is it merely an inexperienced manager whose poor decisions have finally come back to haunt him? The only thing that we truly know is that Matt Williams has completely lost control of his clubhouse, and today’s altercation between our site mascot and Bryce Harper is only the latest insane happening in a season full of weirdness.
As DelPhan previously posted, Harper and Paps had a brawl in the dugout. Should Harper have ran it out? Yes. Is it Papelbon’s place to jump up Harper’s butt and yell at him during the game? No.
The best part is Mr. Choke a Teammate promptly gave us another Papelblown save.
As usual, I like to take the pulse of random people and writers on Twitter when something big like this goes down, and they did not disappoint me:
I honestly don’t understand how Williams keeps his job next year, but I also can’t see how Papelbon can keep his, either.