So Ray Knight dished out some tough love to Nationals beat reporter(s) during MASN's postgame show, Nats Extra, on Wednesday night. It happened after a clip of Jordan Zimmermann's post-game interview with reporters aired -- video clip of the proceedings above (complete with strange cutaway during a question by MASN's Debbi Taylor). Just what was the "interesting" question during the interview that sparked the following exchange between Johnny Holliday and Knight? Was it one question? Or just a general commentary on the state of baseball beat reporting? Come on Ray, name names!
Johnny Holliday: "When you were playing, Ray. When you were managing, when you were playing, was the media asking interesting questions as sometimes we see them ask? I say interesting sarcastically, but. A little bit different tenure today than when you were playing?"
Ray Knight: "I find myself sitting up here listening to some of the questions and they're obvious. You know, back in the day, these guys were sportswriters for 15, 20, 30 years, and you only had a couple or three in an area, and you didn't have every dot com and everybody sticking their microphone in there. And there are so many times these questions are asked and I'm not getting hard on anybody but it's just, "How do you feel tonight...what do you think about your outing"...heck he went six innings and gave up five runs, that's not acceptable and it doesn't make any difference. But I would just like to see more thought out questions. Like, you know, you've got three hours to ask a question. You need to come up with one good one. Back in the day -- I was just sitting here making the comment, that's why Johnny is asking me this -- I don't remember people asking me those dumb questions."
(Johnny and Ray. Screengrab of Nats Extra via YouTube.)