Jordan Zimmermann: Throws Righty, Signs Lefty
Questions and Answers from Jordan Zimmermann's Questions and Answers at the ESPNZone this afternoon.
Q: Why was Jordan Zimmermann answering questions at the ESPNZone this afternoon?
A: This being the 2009 Nationals, the scheduled speaker, Scott Olsen, happened to be heading toward the DL. Zimmermann thus filled in ably, in what was described as "a little bit of a lineup change" and "some pinch hitting duties."
Q: Wait a second, both these guys are pitchers. How come no one suggested that Zimmermann was "coming in from the 'pen?"
A: Because the two dozen fans would have left the building, screaming and shielding their eyes.
Q: How was time passed while figuring out how to make Zimmermann's mic work?
A: Among other things, MC Charlie Slowes made small talk with fans, asking "What's everyone eating? Spinach dip...Chicken fingers."
Q: Granting that it was lunchtime in a restaurant, why were so many people eating?
A: House rules. When I said I was just there to listen to Zimmermann, the waiter informed me with regret that "The thing is, you have to be ordering something to be here for the event." Food or bar drinks were both deemed acceptable. The cheapest bar drink was a pint of Bud Light. The sacrifices one has to make for one's job. And it's a good thing no random pre-teens wandered by, hoping to hear some nuggets of wisdom from their newest hero.
Q: What were Zmmmnn's thoughts about Ross Detwiler, tonight's rookie starter?
A: "I can't wait to see him out there," he said. "Hopefully he gets a win so HE can get a pie in his face after the game."
Q: Ah yes, the old shaving cream pie in the face to commemorate one's first MLB win. Any details?
A: Zimmermann's was delivered by John Lannan and Scott Olsen, with an assist to a TV sideline reporter, who apparently staged a fake interview to set Zmmmnn up for the kill. But she had him facing the field, instead of the stands, like usual. "I knew something was up," he said. "All of the sudden she's like, 'Let's face this way.' As soon as I turned, bam, right in the face."
Q: Why was he signing his post-Q&A autographs left-handed?
A: "I don't know, that's the way I was born to write," Zimmermann explained. He bats and throws right-handed, and in fact does everything right-handed except for two things: he writes left-handed, and he kicks left-handed. Yes, he used to be the punter and place-kicker for his high-school football team, once converting a 27-yard
year old field goal try. His father also writes left-handed and does all else with the right. It's unclear how his father would kick field goals.
Q: How has Zimmermann handled what have been a tough few weeks on the field?
A: Positive thinking. "I'm just up here to have fun and try to win ballgames and do my best every time out on the field," he said at one point. "Just try to do our best," he said later, when asked about the pitching staff. "I think if we do that, with the offense we have, we're gonna be just fine."
Q: What's the best way to make a room full of bloggers perk up?
A: "No one's writing this one down for their blogs," said Slowes, before a question about umpiring, immediately causing me to write it down for my blog. Though my typing seemed to be a bit slower than usual. Too much Bud Light, maybe.
Q: We're one week into the Caps offseason, and you're already resorting to this?
A: Tell me about it. Fortunately, the Spelling Bee comes to town next week.
(Photo courtesy Nationals News Network)
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