Walk it out
Ryan Zimmerman proved once again why he deserves a spot in Anaheim. He has been the Nationals most dependable player and always seems to come up big in big situations. You can call him Mr. Walk-off, if you would like. With the scored tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run to the deepest part of Nationals Park to give the Nationals a much-needed 6-5 victory.
It was his second home run of the game. In the bottom of the fourth inning–just after the Racing Presidents finished their race and held signs that read “Send Zimm to Anaheim”–he blasted a solo shot to left, a few rows above the visiting bullpen.
“Zim is just an all-around All-Star, regardless if he makes the All-Star team or not,” Willie Harris said to nationals.com. “He is an All-Star in our locker room–he is a leader, and he’s our guy. That’s all [there is] to it. He’s a star, even when he’s not playing baseball. He’s an All-Star guy.”
The Nationals struggled to score runs in June, lost late leads and that led them to lose a lot of close games. It looked like last night was going to end the same way after the Padres scored three runs in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5. But this time the Nats finished on the right side of a nail-biter–their Major League leading 49th game decided by two runs or less. The Nats are 3-2 at the midway point of their 10 game homestand and all three wins have come in walk-off fashion. Zimmerman began the homestand on Thursday with a walk-off sacrifice fly.
It has only been two games since it was announced that Zimmerman was a final vote candidate but he is making it count. He is 6-for-9 with six RBI, two home runs and three runs. There are only two days remaining to cast your vote so you might as well start right now. You can vote HERE. And then you can vote HERE too. And while you are at it, you might as well vote one more time right HERE. There isn’t a limit. Much like there is no limit to how good Ryan Zimmerman can be… and that’s why you should vote right HERE to send him to Anaheim. He might even hit a walk-off home run to win the game, so you might as well vote HERE.