270 career homers, Gold Glove recipient, two Silver Sluggers, and two All-Star games. These are the accomplishments that accompany Washington Nationals leader Ryan Zimmerman and it all started 15 years ago today.
Zimmerman made his Major League debut on September 1, 2005, as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning against Jim Brower of the Atlanta Braves. While he did strike out, and the Nationals lost that game 8-7 at Turner field, that situation wasn't foreshadowing his illustrious career in the nation's capital.
Yes, from 2012-2017 the team has little-to-no playoff success, however, he was a constant through the ups-and-downs of the organization and that loyalty from both Zimmerman and the front office made the 2019 World Series Championship that much sweeter.
"We've come a long way as an organization and as a city. World Series Champions, you can't take that away from us, ever," Zimmerman said last October.
Zimmerman, 35, has yet to play this season after opting out because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I miss the game, I miss competing. It is the only thing I have really known the last 20, 25 years of my life," Zimmerman said recently in an interview with MASN's Dan Kolko. "I miss the daily grind, the competitiveness of it. It has been good for me to get away to realize how much I want to play – hopefully, give it another go next year. This would have been year 16. As long as I still feel I can be productive and help the team win ball games, I still want to play.”