You’ll never guess who is back. Never. You could take a million years and come up with a gazillion different answers, but you still would never get it. I would recommend not even trying because you’ll never guess. Quit now while you are ahead. Don’t waste your breath. No, don’t even make a dicky-bird. You won’t get it. Your mind can’t grasp it. It is impossible. You– what? Who?!
Holy smokes, you are good! How did you know?! Who told you?!
Yes, All-Star…Gold Glover…Silver Slugger Award winning… best third baseman in the league, Ryan Zimmeman returns to the Nationals line-up and Nationals Park after a two month absence. After suffering a torn abdominal muscle and undergoing surgery in early May Zimmerman, finally, FINALLY, comes home to man the corner infield spot which he is in on Tuesday night and batting in his usually third spot in the line-up.
Excitement should be thick at Nationals Park and the NQ has been doing our part in sending the fan base into a frenzy like a bunch of wild gerbils in heat by throwing up the #thingszimmermanwilldotonight tag on our Twitter account. Needless to say, there were some creative answers. Yes, Zimmermanpolooza is in full swing, but lets moderate ourselves, Natstown. No one is expecting Zimmerman to come out Tuesday night and explode with three home runs, seven web gems and the NL East pennant in the first night. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out ice cold. He is facing a formidable pitcher in Jaime Garcia and not some rascally, snot nose who wandered onto the sandlot in Syracuse or Hagerstown after all. But just to see him out there manning third base, in the line-up, wearing No. 11– that has to give you a burst of team pride. A player that can change things merely by his presence is something special.
Natstown loves Strasburg, Danny Espinosa is as cute as a button and Natstown will fall in love with young Bryce Harper when he lands (they will, kiss and all), but there is just something about Zimmerman that will forever make him a “True National” and the true “Mr. National.”
Alright. Enough of this overly sentimental tripe. I am getting teary-eyed. Now that he is back, we can all finally get back to important business– like endlessly debating when the hell he is going to get his extension. I know you want to talk about that for hours on end don’t you?
–In Brief Relief
Nationals COO Andy Feffer Needs To Be Slapped - Zimmerman is not the only thing “happening” on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Some new concessions will be debuting at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk and it seems everyone is excited, but me about overpriced food. Nats COO Andy Feffer might be the most excited of us all:
“I’ve been to stadiums and ballparks all over the country, and without a doubt I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Nats COO Andy Feffer, who spearheaded the project. “I think it will become the iconic, defining element of Nationals Park, the thing people leave and say, ‘Did you see that?'”
A concession stand…ICONIC. DEFINING. ELEMENT. OF NATIONALS PARK. Are you friggin’ kidding me? Add on the fact they booted a local Washington business (Five Guys) for a NY slop trough (Shake Shack) and there is a whole bunch of fail going on here.
By The Way, Craig Stammen Was Sent Back To Syracuse – To make room for Ryan Zimmerman. Yeah, you are right. Who cares? ZIMMERMAN!
Adam LaRoche Is Taking His Sweet Time – On Monday first baseman Adam LaRoche said he might have a decision on Tuesday (today) on whether or not he will opt for season ending shoulder surgery. Well, today is here and there is no word at the posting of this post. I hate it been baseball players play with my emotions.