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Werth, Williams recall 2011 shouting match

Nov 9, 2013, 3:06 PM EST

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At Matt Williams’ introductory press conference at Nationals Park, three Nats players decided to show up to meet their new manager. Ian Desmond, Tanner Roark and Jayson Werth were all in attendance, ready to move forward with their new skipper.

But though Werth and Williams met each other for the first time that day, it was not the only time they had exchanged words. Back in June of 2011 both men were involved in an altercation between the Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks with whom Williams was the third base coach at the time.

It was the fourth and final game of the series between the two teams, on June 5, when Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and took his time around the bases. After three hostile games between the two – including nine batters hit by pitches – Ramos decided to show off a bit and Williams took exception.

The new Nats manager stood at the top of the D-Backs bench and pointed into the opposing dugout, shouting at Ramos. Meanwhile Werth also stood up in the Nats’ dugout and yelled back at Williams. The heated exchange never reached blows, but both Werth and Williams remember it well.

Williams recalls gaining respect for both Ramos and Werth after that incident.

“I haven’t spoken to Wilson since,” Williams said. “But I can tell you this: on any given day, in any given city in any given time, something like that can happen. I love the fact that Jayson Werth stood up in the opposing dugout and yelled at me. That means that he competes. I love the fact that Wilson Ramos was upset that one of their guys got hit and he took exception. I love that fact. Doesn’t mean I don’t like the man.”

Werth echoed that sense of respect now over two years later.

“I definitely remember that. For him to stand up and yell at Wilson, I respected that a lot, just as he respected me yelling at him. It just makes for stuff to talk about. Behind closed doors, I’m sure we can give each other a hard time about that,” Werth said.

Williams further described it as part of the game. He is now glad to be on the same side of a player who will stick up for his teammates as Werth did that night.

“That’s competition, that’s baseball,” Williams said. “That’s the way we play the game. Just because Jayson is yelling at me doesn’t mean he doesn’t like me. He plays for the other team. Now, I’m fortunate and pleased that I’m on his team and we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Werth is also glad to be on the same team as Williams, and had a matter-of-fact assessment about it just being part of baseball.

“It is what it is. Baseball is baseball, and we will continue to be baseball players,” he said. “You play long enough, you get into all kinds of situations with all different kinds of people. What it comes down to is, when you’re on the same team as somebody, it’s definitely a lot different than when you play against them. That’s basically all there is really to say about that day.”

  1. David Proctor - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Posted in the other thread:

    Interesting that CBS is reporting that the Nats are “willing to listen” to offers on Span. Of course, that doesn’t really mean anything. With the exception of guys like Bryce, Desi and Stras (maybe a couple others), the Nats should be willing to listen on anybody–doesn’t mean they want to trade or will trade, just that they’ll entertain the idea.

    Span wasn’t too thrilled though, tweeting “here we go again.”

    • NatsLady - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      RIzzo isn’t trading Span. He waited years to get him. If Rizzo has money, he needs to spend it on pitching.

  2. Section 222 - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Trade Span, sign Ellsbury? :-)

    • David Proctor - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I’d rather have Choo, between the two of them.

      • letswin3 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Me too……love Choo. But Ellsbury ain’t chopped liver either.

      • Section 222 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        I’ll be ok with either of them, but Choo would be a significant downgrade in defense from this year’s outfield, so I’d prefer Ellsbury.

  3. NatsLady - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Rizzo just helping out his buddy Boras buy running up Ellsbury’s price. Relax. When have you known Rizzo to tip his hand?

    • NatsLady - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM



    • natsjackinfl - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Good call NatsLady. That is exactly what’s going on with the “listen on Span” talk.

      And I HATE WordPress!!!!

  4. trochlis318 - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Just thought of an intersting trade, Span and Espi, and 1 more for Shelby Miller, any biters?

    • David Proctor - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Who plays CF for us? Or, if we move Harper to center, who plays left? Because I don’t think we’re spending 100M on Ellsbury or Choo.

      • trochlis318 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        we can always move HArper to center, and sign a corner outfielder, just an intersting scenario. personally i want Beltran we need another clubhouse guy and he can produce at the plate as well. the problem becomes with the leadoff spot again

      • letswin3 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Both Harper and Choo can play center field. And Choo was the consummate leadoff guy for the Reds last year….best OBP in the league……and has some pop…..and can steal a base…and and and. But I would still rather see the Nats aquire Choo, move Werth to first and find another club that needs a first baseman for ALR. And I’ll kick in $100 of the $100 million needed to sign Choo.

  5. Sonny G 10 - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I think Rizzo scans this blog to see who not to pick. Seems like he always goes after a player we never think of. :)

    • natsfan1a - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM


    • trochlis318 - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      eh thats not true i remember saying last year i thought Rizzo was going after Span.

      • Sonny G 10 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        ¿That just means Rizzo skips over your posts. :) ¿

  6. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Can’t see Cardinals interested in Espinosa. They already have a good-field no-hit SS and Colten (sp?) Wong is ready to force Carpenter off 2B to 3B. Equally, I don’t see why Miller’s name is being floated, except that he didn’t pitch in the off season. Would the Cardinals do a Gonzalez -type trade to one of the top-five teams in the NL? Even more unlikely. Although the Cardinals are loaded w/ young pitchers, in the minors as well as on the big club. They need a SS and an upgrade in CF (Craig can replace Beltran in RF) and will trade Miller, if at all, somewhere they can get one of those.

  7. David Proctor - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Mariners requested permission to interview Trent Jewett for their bench coach position. Nats granted it. So we may need a new coach.

  8. NatsLady - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Saw this on Twitter–via Ken Rosenthal, Trent Jewett has permission to interview with the Mariners. IMO, Rosenthal is a lot more reliable than Jon Heyman, the source of the “listening to offers for Span” rumor.





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