District 9: Jordan Zimmermann
Here at Curly W Live, we are putting our own spin on the traditional “10 Questions” format this season. To mix it up a little, we will ask players, front office members, coaches and prospects nine questions we think you’d like to know the answer to, then take our favorite submission through Facebook and Twitter from the fans for the final question. Stay tuned all season long for the chance to ask your favorite National whatever you’ve always wanted to know. Today, we bring you Jordan Zimmermann.
1. You grew up in Auburndale, WI (pop. 738) and attended Auburndale High School. Describe “Bring Your Tractor to School Day.”
We have one day out of each year where the kids can bring their tractors to school and park them right in the parking lot. It’s kind of a neat thing for the guys who live or have worked on the farm. Unfortunately – well, fortunately I guess – I didn’t live on a farm so I drove the car to school.
2. Do you ever get any cheese jokes about your fastball, with people knowing you’re from Wisconsin?
No, but a couple guys around here call me “The Cheesehead.” That’s about as far as it goes with the cheese jokes.
3. You went to school at UW-Stevens Point. How big of an adjustment was it for you coming to a major city like D.C.?
It’s definitely been an adjustment since I got drafted playing in bigger cities. I started up in Vermont which is not that big. I’m from a town of 750 people so any city is going to be huge compared to that. Getting to D.C., I lived on the outskirts – I never really lived down town. I stay in the Alexandria/Arlington area and just find an easy way to get to the ballpark and get home. I’m not much for traffic, so it’s one of those things where I need an easy commute.
4. How many times out of 10 does someone spell your name wrong?
People spell my name wrong ALL the time. I think a lot of people get me mixed up with Ryan Zimmerman and he has one ‘N’ at the end of his name and I have two at the end of mine. I used to correct people all the time but I am getting to the point I just let it go and no one knows the difference anyways.
5. Did you know there was a Jordan Zimmerman (one “n”) who pitched for the Mariners in 1999?
I’ve gotten some fan mail from a couple people where I open it up and there is a picture of this guy, who is not me. I just sign the card and send it back. (No, not really)
6. Did anyone ever call you JZ growing up? What about after Jay-Z became popular?
I never had a nickname Jay-Z growing up at all. I’ve had a few other nicknames but not Jay-Z.
7. What’s the background on the number 27?
I didn’t really have a choice on the number 27. When I got to Spring Training, I went into Wally’s (clubhouse manager Mike Wallace) office and he said, “What number do you want? We have 27, 33 and a couple other numbers left.”
I said, “Well, I guess I will take 27.”
8. How did you feel about your “immaculate inning,” where you struck out the side on nine pitches on May 6, 2011 vs. the Marlins?
I just got through the first guy and got through the second guy and then the umpire kind of gave me a generous call. I threw one up and in and I was lucky enough that he swung at it and I got out of the inning. I didn’t even realize it until after the game when they brought it up in the post-game interview.
9. What do you think would be a good nickname for the starting staff?
I’m not sure about nicknames but since we all throw above 90/92 and Stephen can throw above 100, something with flames, I guess. Flame Chuckers, or something (laughing).
10. Fan Question, from Joshua N. via Facebook: Are you guys in the starting rotation having as much fun as it looks like you’re having?
Definitely. We’ve got a young staff and we’re all around the same age. It works out that we can joke around with each other and we can pick each other’s brains. We’re having a great time and we’re all pitching pretty well now. So far, so good.