Randy Knorr drank beer after Matt Williams was hired


(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Randy Knorr “appears to have emerged as the top in-house candidate,” Kilgore wrote during the Nats’ managerial search last fall. “Knorr wants to be the Nationals’ fifth full-time manager since baseball returned to Washington.

“Do I think I can do it? Yeah, I think I’d be a very good manager,” Knorr said then. “But, hey, they got to make that decision. It’s a tough decision for them.”

A month later, the Nats decided to hire Matt Williams. Fox Sports reported the news around 10:30 a.m. on a Friday morning. The Post followed up a few minutes later. Despite having the very public backing of several prominent players, Knorr would not be getting the job.

“I thought I had a good shot at it, you know,” Knorr told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan this week. “And that Friday, it was about nine o’clock in the morning, I started getting calls from the media — Hey Randy, what do you think about Matt getting the job and you not getting the job? And I hadn’t heard from Mike [Rizzo] yet.

“So at about 11 o’clock or so, I got about five phone calls there, so I called a couple buddies of mine and said, ‘Hey, meet me at the golf course, we’re gonna get drunk.’ ” Knorr went on. “So we went out there, we started drinking and just having a good time. So I pretty much got it out of my system that day.”

Knorr said he went to Silver Dollar, which I assume is this collection of nine-hole layouts in Odessa, Fla. And he said he decided to stay with the Nats because of his new boss.

“When I got back from golfing, I was pretty lit,” Knorr said. “And Mike called me, and to this day, I still don’t know what he told me. All I know, at the end of the call he said, ‘Matt’s gonna call you.’ I heard that part. …

“Like I said, I got back, I don’t even know what Mike said,” Knorr later explained. “All I could hear him say was ‘yeah, Matt’s gonna call you in an hour.’ Well an hour later, Matt called me, I was feeling a little bit better. I could understand people by then. Matt was great, man. He said, ‘Hey, listen, I know we were both up for the job, and I know I got it.’ ”

Then Knorr cursed, so the Junkies had to bleep him out, and the subject changed.

Within a week, of course, Knorr had agreed to stay on as Williams’s bench coach.

“If I don’t have a managing job in the big leagues, there’s not a job in baseball better than the bench coach for the Nationals,” Knorr told Kilgore then. “Matt’s a good dude and everything. I have no problem working for him.”

(First transcribed by Chris Lingebach)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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