WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Matt Williams had his daily pregame press conference interrupted ahead of the Nationals-Orioles game Tuesday afternoon.
Traditionally, once the manager walks into the media room room — located in the bowels of Nationals Park — and takes his place behind the table at the head of that room, positioned in front of the cast of media on-hand that day — typically a mix of the usual suspects (beat reporters, cameramen, etc.), along with a few newcomers (maybe someone filing a special report that day) — as they set up their audio/video recording devices, seconds later, the press conference commences so all parties involved can get on with their days and individual jobs.
Under this setting, which is heavily regimented and follows a strict schedule to fit within its given portion of the 162-game grind, outside influence rarely interrupts.
To drive home the point, generally, everything flows smoothly.
Not yesterday, however, when at approx. 4:05 p.m., ahead of the Nats’ second game of a home-and-home set against the visiting Orioles (which was eventually postponed due to rain) and after everyone had taken their seats, this typically smooth-flowing process suffered a disruption.
After Williams had already began his daily conference with reporters — which you’ll hear in the audio below, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post had already asked his first question — in, late, arrived a string of about ten reporters, spearheaded by, likely, a loud, chattering Danny Rouhier of 106.7 The Fan, and the usually jovial Williams, for whatever reason (maybe the loss, the day before), wasn’t in the mood to suffer their tardiness.
Fortunately for the history books, all these press conferences are recorded.
“Am I bothering you guys?” Williams says to the late-arriving reporter, carrying their prior conversation into the room. “Are we bothering you?”
In the audio, the tension seems palpable, and frankly, uncomfortable. Listen in the clip below.
Rouhier, insecure, would go on to discuss the awkward encounter, describing how the moment was his worst possible nightmare realized, on his radio show with fill-in co-host Bill Rohland the next morning.
That audio is below.