It was the Houston Astros’ turn at bat against the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series — and, inexplicably, the speech was at first a little obscured by the crowd noise.
That didn’t deter Darious Williams, though.
Williams, a 20-year-old homerun happy fan — and manchild — from Bolivar, Fla., found himself in the front row of foul territory in Wednesday night’s game and decided to go on a megaphone tirade in which he publicly berated the Astros and their manager, A.J. Hinch.
“Players! Whose balls you gonna get, who’s next!” Williams shouted in the video above, which was uploaded to Facebook. “I don’t care who I talk to, I don’t care what I say, fuck these fucking losers, are you coming home for dinner tomorrow?”
“Stop the bleeping speech,” the announcer said, prompting the deafening murmur of the crowd. “It’s shameful, it’s abominable.”
And so on, over the course of several innings.
Williams was ejected in the seventh inning.
“The guy is in front of me in the dugout and I’m talking to him,” Hinch said after the game. “In a very respectful way, and to try to take my voice out of the group, he decided to blow his blow horn, which is an act in his I’ve never seen before in my life. He got thrown out. That’s fine. If I was talking to him on a phone or something, we would lose all respect. He’s 20, and that’s all there is to it.”
You have to wonder if Williams’s fame will extend beyond the megaphone rounds of his hometown. This was not the first time Williams’s comments made the news.
As if trotting to home plate to finish his at-bat with a solo homer, the 20-year-old angrily clocked batting practice pitcher Ethan James, whom he called out on Twitter after the game.
Though the Astros said Williams wouldn’t be reinstated in the dugout or on the bench, it’s difficult to imagine how the game could have been played without his actions.
Still, the Astros fans seem to think so.
“We have showboating fans,” Hinch said at his pregame news conference on Thursday. “It wasn’t great, it was loud, it was on social media, it was on social media again this morning, it’s not going to be an issue moving forward. He doesn’t interfere with the flow of the game, and we continue to have fun.”