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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."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 13, 2009; 2:42 PM ET
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Comments

Further bad news for the streak is that RZ could tie Vlad Guerrero today. VG has the longest Expos streak; 31 games in 1999.

Not far down the road, Zimm is approaching Heinie Manush (Is that a great Sports Bogish name or what?) for the longest Washington, D.C. hitting streak of the modern era. Manush hit in 33 consecutive games for the Senators in 1933.

Posted by: greggwiggins | May 13, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

God bless the RZA, but he is just not a quote machine. Let the bat do the talking, Zimm.

Posted by: NTPNate | May 13, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the ill-fated blog. Love that the face of the franchise is the worst. quote. ever.

Posted by: fsmoot27 | May 13, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Miss Dana"

nice touch Dan.

Posted by: truthaboutit | May 13, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, you broke it, Dan. I hope you're happy now. Just kidding. We got the curly W, anyway, so that's good.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 13, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I thought that this quote was pretty good:

"I told you every day that I'd rather win than continue the streak," Zimmerman said. He acknowledged that he was disappointed to see it go. Then he added: "It would have sucked a lot more if we had lost."

"I'm not relieved it's over, because I'd like to have done it as long as I can," he said. "But it will be nice to kind of go back to your routine and not be worried about every hit."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 14, 2009 6:47 AM | Report abuse

I wish the media had this same kind of vigor for Andray Blatche's consecutive games with a dumb turnover streak.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | May 14, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

you're right. Zim's an awful quote, bless his heart.

In fact, Steinberg, make this your holy grail. Get Zim to say something sarcastic/funny/snarky. I'd forgive you all your meanness if you could do that.

Posted by: NatsNut | May 14, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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