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Nationals’ Matt Williams agrees with Anthony Rendon that baseball can get boring

::Yawn:: Anthony Rendon hits the ball during another boring baseball game. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Anthony Rendon wasn’t particularly bummed that he finished fourth in the National League’s final vote for a trip to Tuesday’s All-Star Game, saying he was looking forward to a four-day vacation instead. It’s doubtful Rendon even saw teammate Tyler Clippard’s eventful showing as the Nationals’ only representative in Minneapolis.

“I don’t watch baseball — it’s too long and boring,” Rendon told The Post’s Jason Butt.

Rendon also said he never watched baseball growing up — he prefers the History Channel — and doesn’t talk about the game when he visits his family.

Nationals Manager Matt Williams was asked about Rendon’s comments during his weekly appearance with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan.

“Anthony’s just being funny,” Williams said. “You know, baseball, when you watch it and you play it every day, can get boring. Because, you know, you’re always there in it. And when you step outside of it, it’s not easy to watch for a player.”

You know what isn’t boring? Bryce Harper taking batting practice.

Williams called Harper’s BP performance during Thursday’s workout session at Nationals Park “phenomenal.”

“It’s coming, you guys,” Williams said of Harper, who is 6 for 40 since coming off the disabled list on June 30. “Everybody knows it’s coming. And when it does, pitchers are gonna pay.”

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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Scott Allen · July 18, 2014