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Williams: "Nobody's spoken to me ... at this point"


Williams: "Nobody's spoken to me ... at this point"

NEW YORK — In the wake of a report he’ll be fired at season’s end, Nationals manager Matt Williams said he has not yet been informed by club officials of any change in his status and that he intends to continue performing his job through this weekend’s final series before learning his fate.

“Nobody’s spoken to me about anything at this point,” Williams said prior to the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Citi Field. “And, frankly, it’s not a concern of mine right now. We’ve got a guy that’s a potential MVP on our team, and we’ve got three games to play. That’s what I’m concentrating on. That’s what I know right now. As of today, I’ve got a job to do — a couple of times — and we’ll go from there.”

Williams’ job has been hanging in the balance for several weeks, more so since the Nationals officially were eliminated from playoff contention last weekend, Jonathan Papelbon attacked Bryce Harper in the dugout during a game and several unflattering reports about Williams’ decision-making and player-communication skills were published.

On Friday, reported Williams “will indeed be given his pink slip following the year.” Club sources said the decision has not yet been made and won’t be until the season is over.

Williams has attempted to stay above the fray over the last week, even as his reputation has been dragged through the mud, and he was adamant that won’t change.

“I personally feel that it is my job to be a calming force, as opposed to a disruptive one,” he said. “We have a lot of talented players on this team that I support, wholeheartedly, every single day. I will not stop doing that. Ever. Believe me when I tell you this. Ever stop doing this. So that being said, I’m not going to subject this team to any more distraction. There’s no reason for further distraction at this point. What’s important is that we finish this season as strong as we can finish. Beyond that, it’s noise.”

Williams wouldn’t divulge his plan to speak with club officials once the season ends Sunday.

“That’s between myself and management,” he said. “There’s conversations that happen every single day. We’ll keep that private to this point. Again, we’ve got three to play, and we’ve got a potential MVP on our team. This is not going to be a distraction anymore. It’s not. Bryce needs to play. Our guys need to finish strong. Max [Scherzer] is going to pitch again, needs to finish his season strong. So can Gio [Gonzalez]. So can Tanner [Roark]. That’s what we’re concerned about. To throw anything else out there is just not prudent. That’s not what we want to do at this point.”

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.