Pudge joins elite company with 300th home run

After hitting his 300th homer as a catcher, Pudge Rodriguez joins only four other major leaguers to reach that mark: Mike Piazza (396), Carlton Fisk (351), Johnny Bench (327) and Yogi Berra (306).

After the game Pudge told me he will give his home run ball to his Dad who was on hand to see the historical homer.

Also, a funny moment occurred when Adam Dunn went over to shake Pudge’s hand in congratulations before leaving the clubhouse last night.

Some of the guys didn’t realize the Nats catcher had hit a milestone. Josh Willingham asked what was going on and Dunn joked that Pudge had been traded.

The look of shock on Josh’s face was priceless. After some laughter, he took his turn and congratulated the veteran catcher.

A flair for the dramatics...
Ryan Zimmerman has a knack for rising to the occasion when the game is on the line and we saw that Saturday night against the Phillies. That’s something Nats hitting coach Rick Eckstein says is due to Ryan’s ability to understand the situation and take control. He does a great job of not letting his emotions get the best of him. Ryan thrives under pressure situations; he’s able to stay focused and calm and that’s a trait Eckstein says isn’t easy to have.

A Night At The Park...
Next Monday at Nationals Park Ryan Zimmerman will be hosting a fundraiser for his ziMS Foundation to raise money to find a cure and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease his mother Cheryl is battling.

The night should be a lot of fun with Nationals players on hand, along with performances by magician David Blaine and musicians Amos Lee and Mutlu. There are some unique silent and live auction items, too, ranging from some great sports experiences to some terrific memorabilia.

For more information on the event visit anightatthepark.com.