Zimmerman Gets to 30

September 20, 2009

Ryan Zimmerman got to 30 HRs on Friday night, so it is time to finish up the Zimmerman March to 30 HR uniform gallery:

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Tim Raines for HOF!

Not too much to say other than “I told you so.” I’m not usually big on that phrase, but I’ve been saying Zim is a 30+ HR guy since 2007, when the then 22 year old hit 24 HRs. But nobody outside of this fan base seemed to believe it was possible. Well, there you have it. Yes, it’s an arbitrary number, but 30 HRs is a symbol of being a power hitter. Congrats to Ryan, and congrats to the Nats for signing this guy to an extension. Everyone who criticized that deal, how does a 30 HR gold glove third basemen not deserve this money?

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Zim Hits #29, Nats Play Spoiler

September 14, 2009

Washington took 2 out of 3 from the Marlins, technically playing a bit of a spoiler role. The Marlins were a bit back from either race coming in to the weekend, but losing 2 of 3 has them sitting 6 1/2 out of the NL East lead, 5 1/2 out of the wild card. Winning all 3 this weekend would have been a big boost for them, losing 2 is pretty deflating. Of course, Zimmerman hit his 29th HR of the season on Friday night, thus putting himself one HR away from the arbitrary mark of 30. So here you go, in keeping with this year’s tradition, in tribute to his #29, the Zimmerman March to 30 HRs uniform number gallery:

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Zim Hits #28 In Style, Martin Pitches Well

September 7, 2009

Yesterday a young starting pitcher threw a stellar game. He went 6 2/3 IP, gave up 2 ER, and struck out 4 while walking 2. He lowered his ERA to 4.35 and has pitched great over his last 7 starts. Then the bullpen came in and blew it. You could imagine this has played out quite a few times this season with this team, but I’m not sure who imagined that the pitcher would be J.D. Martin. Before getting in to the surprising success of this 26 year old rookie, let’s not forget that the Nats ended up winning.

Zimmerman hit a walk off HR, spent a little long admiring it, and was somewhat awkwardly mobbed on his way home. It was a bomb though, so he may have wanted to see if it was gonna hit the Red Porch or something. Anyway, here continues the Ryan Zimmerman March to 30 HRs uniform gallery:

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Zim Hits #27, Mock Keeps Pitching

August 31, 2009

First, I’ve got to get something out of the way. On Thursday, I left town for a long weekend and Zimmerman hit his 27th HR. I never got the chance to post, so here, a few days late, I’m laying out the next pics in the Zimmerman March to 30 HRs uniform number gallery:

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Mock Continues

Now, back to the team. Actually, to Garrett Mock, who was last night the “hard luck loser” as they like to say. Well, maybe not that hard luck, he only went 6 IP and did give up 2 runs. So it’s not like he dominated, but he pitched pretty good once again.

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Zim Hits #26, ESPN Believes

August 24, 2009

Yesterday, while Brian and I were in the midst of doing alive blog during the game, Ryan Zimmerman hit his 26th home run of the year. Why is this important? Well, I’ve been screaming since 2007, when he hit 24 HRs at age 22, that Zimmerman was going to consistently be a 30 HR hitter. I was argued with, chided and mocked for my beliefs, but he just hit his 26th, and he’s still only 24 years old. So even though I posted it yesterday, in case you missed it, we continue with the Ryan Zimmerman Road to 30 HR uniform gallery:

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Zimmerman Hits #25

August 22, 2009

It’s been a little while, but The Zimmerman March to 30 HRs uniform number gallery continues. Last night, in a loss to Milwaukee, he hit #25. Enjoy:

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Nats and Zimmerman Stay Hot, He Hits #24

August 8, 2009

The Nationals keep on winning, now at 6 in a row, and my obsession with the arbitrary number of 30 continues. That’s right, Ryan Zimmerman hit yet another HR last night, bringing him to 24 on the season.In the last 15 games, he has hit .418/.507/.982 and has hit 9 HRs. Maybe he’s a streaky hitter, but his hot streaks are impressive. He’s now sitting at .300/.362/.532 on the season. His OPS .901 ranks him 3rd among NL third baseman, 5th in MLB at the position.

The Zimmerman March to 30 HRs uniform number gallery continues, with number 24.

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