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Matt Williams: if you can dance you can play infield

Feb 17, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

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You never see Jeter out at nightclubs, do ya? Matt Williams rests his case:

“I always ask the infielders if they can dance or not . . .If they can dance, then they can play infield. If they can’t dance, we need to get them lessons, then they’ll be able to play infield. So that’s all it really is. You play through the baseball and create rhythm and all that stuff. You become more accurate, all those things.

“They always play music during batting practice, right . . . And I would always try to get my ground balls according to the music. I developed that type of rhythm according to what’s playing on the scoreboard. With the beat.”

Of course the only song they ever played during batting practice back in Williams’ day was “Centerfield” and that song is both awful and undanceable. If Williams is right about his theory, how the heck did he ever win those four gold gloves?

  1. isdtyrant - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Any word on whether Zanz Kant Danz?

  2. RickyB - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Too much thumbs and kicking are detrimental to fielding a ground ball, without a doubt.

  3. karlkolchak - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    So then ideally you’d want an all gay infield, I guess.

    • ltzep75 - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      When Matt Williams says “dance”, I’m thinking he’s referring to the country line variety.

  4. chacochicken - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    This is exactly the sort of content I hope managers would share with reporters.

  5. historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    We can dance, if we want to. We can leave them all behind…because if they can’t dance — well, they’re no friends of mine.

    • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Baseball players still have to wear caps.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Duh. It’s the safety dance.

      • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        By Men Without Hats? Duh?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Hey, it’s Men at Work. Be aware. Slow down.

      • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        I can Google this, but I’m still betting “Safety Dance” is by Men Without Hats.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        It is, but you can dance if you want to is men at work. he he

      • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        I always tell this story about a Mexican guy I met in a hotel in Nuevo Laredo, as I was waiting to catch a train to Palenque.

        He was passed out and then sat up after his friend said he was a worthless unemployed ne’er-do-well, and he said, “Hey I saw a road sign one day that said “Danger, Men Working”, and I have adhered to that advice ever since. I use the phrase often.

        But in reference to men and dancing, I will defer to Zorba, “But, I can dance.”

    • butchhuskey - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Safety Dance begins with the line “We can dance if we want to…”

      And spudchukar is correct that it is by Men Without Hats. Don’t worry, historiophilliac, 80s bands are easy to mix up.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Well, apparently a lot of people are confused about it, because I actually googled it to check:

        https://www.google.com/search?q=you+can+dance+if+you+want+to&oq=you+can+danc&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.5204j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

        And, now, I again demand a delete function because the joke is ruined and there’s no point to it then. :(

      • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        No worries, it was still funny.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        No, it’s not funny anymore. :(

      • extavernmouse - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Philiac — You shouldn’t have stopped with the first response on Google. As someone who looks for lyrics to songs to play at bluegrass jams, I’ve found the sites like LyricsFreak are inaccurate all the time. They’re written by ordinary people, not experts. If you’d kept looking you’d find Wikipedia, who says it’s Men Without Hats. Wikipedia is a lot more accurate than LyricsFreak.

    • cur'68 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      It was still funny

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        I don’t want your pity. :( Stupid 80’s.

      • cur'68 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Its the pity that amuses me.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Pbbblt!

      • nbjays - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Could be worse, Historio… could have been the 70’s.

        And Cur and Spud are right… it was still funny.

  6. 18thstreet - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    I believe that’s an African proverb. If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance. If you can dance, you can play infield.

  7. paperlions - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Man, this makes so much sense. Now I understand why Jeter can only go to one side.

    I really don’t care if anyone else gets it. I just cracked myself up.

    • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Like NASCAR? Assuming Jeter leads.

      • paperlions - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Nope. One African American parent and one white one; so he can only dance to one side.

      • spudchukar - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        OK, got it, made me think of another funny, but I cannot print it.

  8. dinofrank60 - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    This I gotta see, Matty Williams dancing to George Clinton…

    • sumerduckman - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      To my favorite, Motor Booty Affair?

  9. stex52 - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Who knew? My wife would be one helluva good infielder.

  10. Uncle Charlie - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Patches O’Houlihan also said, “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”

  11. cur'68 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Centerfield is the bestes baseball song, ever. Dang you, Calcaterra. Dang you to HECK!

    • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Is that French Canadian for “best”?

  12. indaburg - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I truly missed my calling.

    • Reflex - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      You are back!!! Finally Historio can stop worrying about you.

      Where you been?

      • indaburg - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Mostly lurking and dealing with baseball withdrawal.

      • Reflex - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Not a good enough reason. I swear, if you heard all the gossip and speculation about you…

      • indaburg - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Ha! Do I wanna know?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Don’t give her a complex, dude.

      • Reflex - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Whats it worth to you? ;)

    • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Just in time for tryouts! Tigers only have 25 filled on their 40-man. How’s your HBPiD?

      • indaburg - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        I have experience! Did I ever tell you about the time I unintentionally nailed a tennis opponent right in the nuts? I was playing the net. So was he. Smash forehand volley, and down he went. I felt so bad.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        The regret was your first mistake. Sounds like ya got grit, kid.

      • nbjays - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Not as bad as he felt, I’ll wager…

        And don’t get Historio going…. please!

  13. nbjays - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    If being able to dance was all it took to play good infield, the Yankees would have hired the Rockettes years ago.

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