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SI Loves Jordan Zimmerman(n)

By February, Jordan Zimmermann had already gotten sick of having a name remarkably similar to that of Ryan Zimmerman.

"It's not weird, I'm just sick of people coming up to me and saying, 'Hey Ryan, can I have your autograph,?' or, 'Is Ryan your brother?' " Jordan told me weeks ago.

Unfortunately, I wasn't yet able to ask him how he felt about having his Sports Illustrated debut marked by not one, not two, not three, not four but five misspellings of his last name. Five! Plus, one is next to a large color picture that will now have to be placed in the "Zimmerman(n) shoebox of ironic keepsakes" rather than the "Zimmermann album of memorable honors."

This is likely to be an issue all year, so I've created a handy device: Ryan Zimmerman came up to the Majors first; he goes with one n, not counting his first name. Jordan Zimmermann came up second; he goes with two n's, not counting his first name. Of course, Jordan Zimmermann is 1 in your scorebook, and Ryan Zimmerman plays and hits 3rd, and Jordan Zimmermann is 22, while Ryan Zimmerman is always among the team leaders in doubles, so I'm not suggesting this will be easy for any of us.

Let me close in the same way SI closed its Nats preview: "While Bowden went down touting a championship and Lannan says the team 'aspires' to match the example of the 2008 worst-tofirst
Rays, more likely for the '09 Nats is another season of futility, probably two."

Ah, either one or two, what's the difference?

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2009; 1:19 PM ET
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At that he's listed as the fourth starter in the rotation instead of where he's supposed to be -- fifth behind Martis. That's gotta be worth an 'n' or five.

I remember last year I was looking at the yahoo MLB page about the Nats and they were still listed as the Expos. Nobody even pretends to care.

Posted by: petey5 | April 1, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Ah, either one or two, what's the difference?


Good point, Dann. :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 1, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

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