Matt Williams says his promise to impersonate Babe Ruth if Nationals win 10 straight still stands

(Alex Brandon/AP)

The Nationals’ 8-1, stress-free (for a change) win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday extended their season-high winning streak to eight games, which matches the second-longest streak in franchise history. Washington is two wins from matching the franchise’s 10-game winning streak in 2005 and, more importantly, seeing Manager Matt Williams revive his impression of Babe Ruth waddling around the bases.

Back in May, Williams promised F.P. Santangelo he would break out his legendary impression if the Nationals put together a double-digit winning streak. On Monday, he confirmed that the deal still stands.

“Well I didn’t necessarily want to bring that up,” Williams said. “But it is. Yes, it is. It’s still available.”

While playing for the San Fransisco Giants, the new Washington Nationals' manager Matt Williams would do impersonations of Babe Ruth, including waddling around the bases and stuffing a pillow underneath his jersey. (MLB Advanced Media, L.P.)

Here’s a closer look at the longest winning streaks in Nationals history.

10 Games

June 2-12, 2005
Atlanta, 8-6
Florida, 3-2 (11)
Florida, 7-3
Florida, 6-3
Oakland, 2-1
Oakland, 7-2
Oakland, 4-3
Seattle, 9-3
Seattle, 2-1
Seattle, 3-2

Runs Scored-Runs Against: 51-26
One-Run Games: 5
Walk-Off Wins: 1

8 Games (Accomplished Four Times)

August 12-Present
at NY Mets, 7-1
at NY Mets, 3-2
at NY Mets, 4-1
Pittsburgh, 5-4
Pittsburgh, 4-3
Pittsburgh, 6-5 (11)
Arizona, 5-4 (11)
Arizona, 8-1

Runs Scored-Runs Against: 42-21
One-Run Games: 5
Walk-Off Wins: 3

August 4-11, 2012

Miami, 10-7
Miami, 4-1
at Houston, 5-4 (11)
at Houston, 3-2
at Houston, 4-3
at Houston, 5-0
at Arizona, 9-1
at Arizona, 6-5

Runs Scored-Runs Against: 46-23
One-Run Games: 3
Walk-Off Wins: 0

June 10-18, 2011

at San Diego, 2-1
at San Diego, 2-1
at San Diego, 2-0
St. Louis, 8-6
St. Louis, 10-0
St. Louis, 7-4 (10)
Baltimore, 8-4
Baltimore, 4-2

Runs Scored-Runs Against: 43-18
One-Run Games: 2
Walk-Off Wins: 1

August 2-9, 2009
at Pittsburgh, 5-3
at Pittsburgh, 8-4
Florida, 6-4
Florida, 5-4
Florida, 12-8
Arizona, 7-6
Arizona, 5-2
Arizona, 9-2

Runs Scored-Runs Against: 57-33
One-Run Games: 1
Walk-Off Wins: 0

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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