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District 9: Jordan Zimmermann

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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.

Jordan Zimmermann talks Wisconsin, nicknames and mistaken identity.

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.


District 9: Gio Gonzalez

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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.

Our “District 9” series starts off with the newest member of the Nationals rotation, one Giovany A. Gonzalez, better known to his fans as “Gio”. The left-hander made his way to Nationals Park on Wednesday for the first time since his December 23 trade from Oakland, and Curly W Live caught up with him prior to his introductory press conference.

1. What is the significance of the number 47?

Well, 47 was the number I got when I got called up. I figure it’s given me so much luck, and my family loves the number, so I was more than happy to get it.

Behind the scenes on Gio's first day in DC.

2. Who had the most influence on you outside of baseball as a kid?

Absolutely my parents, my mom and dad. They were my heroes when I was a kid.

3. What is your favorite sport outside of baseball? Your favorite team?

Since I’m from south Florida I grew up watching the Florida Marlins, now the Miami Marlins. I grew up watching the Miami Heat. I watched a little bit of hockey here or there, the Florida Panthers. If I was to pick out one specifically it would be the Miami Heat. I watched those guys ever since I was a kid.

4. What is your favorite ballpark?

My favorite ballpark in baseball would have to be… well, absolutely Washington now (laughing).

5. What is the best team you’ve ever played on?

I have to say Oakland, the team that gave me an opportunity to play and gave me the chance to be who I am today. I always have to give credit to the team that gave me a shot to perform in the Major Leagues.

Trading in the "green and gold" for the red, white and blue.

6. How would you describe your curveball on a clock?

I would have to say it’s a 12-6 curveball.

7. What was your most memorable strikeout?

Well, it was my first Major League strikeout, which was David Eckstein. It was call-up day in Toronto.

8. Who has been the toughest out so far in your career?

There are a couple of guys who are impossible to get out. But to narrow it down? It would be tough. I don’t want to narrow it down to one guy, there’s a variety of guys. Hopefully we don’t have to face them anymore. They’re mostly in the American League anyway (laughing).

9. What tourist attraction are you most looking forward to visiting in Washington D.C.?

I definitely want to see the White House.

Fan Question: (From @jeguerin via Twitter) Are you excited to bat regularly now that you are in the National League?

I’m excited to work with my dad on that. I’ve had no clue how to swing a bat the last six years, so hopefully my dad can help me win a Silver Slugger award. [I haven’t batted other than] Interleague Play against the Giants, mostly. You’ve seen my strikeouts, they’re pretty bad (laughing).

Bonus Question: (From Taylor T. via Facebook) Have you had any mumbo sauce yet?

Mumbo sauce? No, I have no idea what that is. I guess I’m going to have to try this mumbo sauce.

Welcome To District 9

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Alright, to be fair, the title of this post should probably read “Welcome to THE District 9”. That’s what we’re calling this year’s informal question and answer sessions here on Curly W Live, which we will run all year with current players, front office members, coaches, prospects and other interesting folks from around the game of baseball.

The name is obviously a play on the Academy Award nominated film from a few years back, but is also a nickname for Washington’s home club, the nine men who take the field at Nationals Park to represent the District each night. The feature itself is our spin on the traditional 10 questions that many organizations will ask in a Q&A format. Instead, we ask nine questions we think you’d like to know the answer to, and reach out to you to provide the 10th.

We will be asking for your submissions via our Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the year prior to these sessions, with the first of such coming up later this week. So if you don’t already like/follow us on those social media platforms, go check us out and keep your eyes open for your opportunity to ask your favorite baseball folks questions you’ve been dying to know the answer to.

Just so you know we’re serious, we’ll be starting off the year strong with… Gio Gonzalez! Get to know your new ace before Spring Training, as we’ll post Gio’s District 9 right here on Curly W Live later this week. So get creative and give it your best shot, then be sure to check back on Thursday to see if you’ve won!

Gio Gonzalez will answer one lucky fan's question. Could it be yours?

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