Looking back at Nats Park Opener

WASHINGTON – Ryan Zimmerman has retired – however the recollections he created reside on.

On today 14 years in the past, on March 30, 2008, Zimmerman hit a walk-off homer in opposition to Atlanta reliever Peter Moylan with two outs within the final of the ninth to offer the Nationals a 3-2 win within the first regular-season recreation at Nationals Park.

The homer to heart discipline got here on a 2-2 pitch from Moylan, who had retired Cristian Guzmàn and Lastings Milledge to start the house ninth.

The sport started at 8:21 p.m. on a Sunday and lasted 2:22.

The homer made a winner out of Washington reliever Jon Rauch, who had blown the save within the prime of the ninth because the Braves tied the sport on a handed ball.

It was the 45th homer within the younger profession of Zimmerman, who didn’t go deep in his first stint within the majors on the finish of the 2005 season.

In two full seasons at RFK Stadium, in 2006 and 2007, the College of Virginia product and North Carolina native hit a mixed 44 homers.

The beginning lineup for the Nationals in that first recreation at Nationals Park was shortstop Guzman, heart fielder Milledge, third baseman Zimmerman, first baseman Nick Johnson, proper fielder Austin Kearns, catcher Paul Lo Duca, left fielder Elijah Dukes, second baseman Ronnie Belliard, and beginning pitcher Odalis Perez.

Willie Harris changed Dukes in left discipline and was 0-for-1 on the plate. Harris was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and after his taking part in profession was the Double-A supervisor for Richmond within the San Francisco system.

Harris was a coach for the Cubs in 2021.

Perez went 5 innings in that recreation and allowed one run on 4 hits. Different relievers for Washington in that recreation have been Saul Rivera, Ray King, and Luis Ayala.

And Zimmerman immediately?

He introduced his retirement earlier this season; his spouse, Heather, posted on social media a photograph of the household on the seaside, having fun with a uncommon “spring break” after her husband spent his grownup life as a participant with the Nationals.

Boston Red Sox v Washington Nationals

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Additionally on today, in 2012, in accordance with baseballreference.com, veteran pitcher and former/future Nationwide right-hander Livàn Hernàndez was signed by the Braves after he was let go by Atlanta.

On March 30, 1952, former pitcher Deacon Phillippe died in Avalon, Pennsylvania. He was born in Rural Retreat in southwest Virginia and was the successful pitcher within the first World Sequence recreation in 1903 for Pittsburgh as he beat Cy Younger of Boston.


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