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VIDEO: Matt Williams mic’d up at Nats spring training

Feb 27, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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We have a pretty cool video to share with you today from Nationals spring training. As part of our video coverage in Viera, Fla., the Nats were nice enough to give us some inside access with new manager Matt Williams.

In this feature you will see Williams mic’d up as he conducts spring training drills. It’s really good stuff from Comcast SportsNet producer Jim Scibilia and photographer Greg Abernathy, who put it all together.

Check it out right here:

  1. sjm308 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    This comment will have no relevance to the above article. I go to various blogs that Mark graciously lists on the right. I just read the MASN story on the end of split broadcast teams for the Orioles/National games. (Hooray for that by the way) I made a huge mistake and scrolled down to the comment section. You guys would not believe the garbage that they let slide there. I also don’t think you would be happy with most of the comments about our lads that were not filthy but just negative. It was so heavily biased with angst towards our club, broadcasters and fans that I stopped quickly. Just makes me happy to post on this site and read intelligent thoughts. I am not saying we don’t have people who are always happy with what goes on but it was nothing like what I read on MASN. This will interest just a few but one of the voices of reason, rising about the muck was one of our favorite oldies who was deleted here several times. Maybe he has matured.

    Anyway – happy to have Mark and this group

    Go Nats!!

    • DaveB - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      sjm … it was pretty amazing … it appeared that a group of folks from the “Orioles side” of that site saw that article and took the opportunity to come across for some “trash talking” of the Nats. Not sure why there is such enmity there, but it just highlights one more problem with having both clubs covered by the same RSN, at least with the ownership of MASN so unbalanced.

    • natinalsgo - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Kerzel linked that on both the Nats and Os sites. I guarantee you that’s the most traffic he’s ever received on one of his posts.

      The Os fans have a short memory of the fan they beat up last year in the outfield.

  2. philipd763 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Matt Williams is going to make a huge difference for the Nats this year. He’s 180 degrees from Davey and just what this club needed. Last year, the team was sleep walking; this year they are alive. Score on for Mike Rizzo.

    • natinalsgo - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      He’s not 180° from Davey and last year’s shortfall could fall on Rizzo as well and several players in the blame game. Enough to go around. Yes, they have different Management styles and Williams has no record as a Manager right now.

      Nats were swept by the Cardinals and 1 win vs the Dodgers and 6 wins against the Barves.

      If Davey got a reversal of fortune vs the Barves it would have been the Nats winning the NL East by 4 games. Nats 93 wins and Braves 89.

      I can’t believe all the hate spewed on Davey.

      • David Proctor - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Agreed. Davey gets way too much hate.

      • jd - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Davey Johnson is a hall of fame manager who just happened to have a really bad year last year. It could be because he was on his last year, it could be he underestimated the challenge and overestimated his team but there’s no denying that DJ had a bad year. I am not talking about laid back vs. disciplinarian or anything like that, I think that’s basically BS. I am talking about in game decisions.

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Need to do this more often, especially in clubhouse when Gio is around.

  4. Hiram Hover - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    In the absence of anything else going on —

    Did anyone see Ladson’s story last night saying the Nats might be interested in Oliver Perez as a lefty for the BP? Considering the source, I’m not sure how much stock I put in it. Certainly, Perez is nothing to get excited about – seems like the LH equivalent of Luis Ayala.

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