It was solely a matter of time. Throughout MASN’s broadcast of Monday evening’s Grapefruit League sport, Washington Nationals Managing Principal Proprietor, Mark Lerner, introduced that the crew could be celebrating Ryan Zimmerman this June, together with retiring his #11 on Friday, June 18th.
“June seventeenth and 18th, we’re going to honor Mr. Nationwide, Ryan Zimmerman,” Lerner stated, “and have a particular giveaway on the seventeenth, and 18th we’re going to retire his quantity, in entrance of an enormous sell-out crowd to honor him.
“We’re actually enthusiastic about it, he deserves it, and we’re honored to have the ability to do it.”
Zimmerman formally introduced his retirement earlier this yr, on February fifteenth, after a 16-year main league profession, all of them with the Nationals.
Unsurprisingly, Zimmerman led the franchise in just about each main class, together with video games performed, at-bats, hits, doubles, residence runs, RBIs, and runs scored.
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It’s not simply statistically that Zimmerman’s quantity being retired was a no brainer, it was his which means to the franchise and the group.
He was the primary draft choose for the franchise after its transfer to the nation’s capital and lots of the crew’s followers grew up with Zimmerman on the sphere. Even once they have been a 100-loss crew, the followers may all the time depend on Zimmerman to play laborious and produce for his or her Nats.
“In my thoughts, I’ve been planning it for a few years as a result of we didn’t know when he was going to make the announcement,” Lerner joked.
“We’re working with our crew and the Nationals and Ryan and Heather to work out all the main points.
“It must be a really particular weekend and that Saturday sport goes to be superior.”
The date of June 18th additionally has some significance to Zimmerman and the Nationals.
In 2006, on that very same date, Zimmerman walked off the New York Yankees at RFK Stadium for the primary of his 11 profession walk-off residence runs, tied for eighth-most in main league historical past.
Count on feelings to run excessive that weekend in June and ticket costs to soar with a number of Nationals followers wanting to assist honor the franchise legend as his quantity #11 is widely known…