Zimmerman Dooms Streak By Doing ESPN
Some decision-maker at The Post decided a few weeks ago to install massive flat screen TVs right in front of my desk. This means I'm often staring at ESPNEWS all day. They do a lot of sports stories, typically. But I can't say I recall many feel-good interviews with members of the Washington Nationals.
So when I saw Ryan Zimmerman on a few minutes ago, talking with Miss Dana about his streak, I figured I might as well listen, knowing full well that Zimmerman is the worst quote in a 75-mile radius. The Nats are suddenly becoming a national story for very good, wholesome and on-the-field reasons, and it's unclear when that might happen again. Thus, some
highlights things that happened:
* "I've used the same cleats and the same batting gloves the whole time," he said. "Hopefully the cleats and the batting gloves will hold up." If not, Mike Green no doubt can help him find some exact replicas.
* He was asked how the baseball is looking to him right now. Good answers might have included "like a beach ball," "like a tri-colored volleyball," "like one of those giant purple rubber exercise balls middle-aged women in spandex use at the gym," "like new Redskins tackle Mike Williams," or "round and white."
"It looks pretty good," ZImmerman said. (He went on from here to discuss his hitting, but that was the descriptive portion of his answer.)
* He said the secret of his success this year is that he's stuck with his plan. He was asked to describe his plan. "Doing the things I do well," he explained. He was asked what those things might be. "In years past, I've kind of gotten a little pull-happy at times," was one of his responses.
* And, throwing all jinxation to the wind, he was asked about Joe DiMaggio's streak. Zimmerman said he had answered the DiMaggio questions when he was halfway there, which made him stop and think.
"It makes you realize how unbelievable that record really is," Zimmerman said. "It's pretty much near impossible."
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