We've all heard the expression, "If I had a son, I'd want him to be just like..." - fill in the missing blank. From my perspective, I'd want him to be just like Ryan Zimmerman.
All good things must come to an end and the Nationals' third baseman, saw his 30-game consecutive hitting streak end in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon against the Giants.
It began April 30th, lasted 35 days, and on the 36th day, Washington Beat the Giants, but Ryan's streak came to an end when he went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks.
In true Zimmerman form he told Debbie Taylor on our Nats Xtra postgame show, "Hey, we won the game and that's all that matters."
That comment didn't surprise Ray and me--we expected that would be the first thing out of Zimmerman's mouth. Talk about a team player.
Forget the numbers during those 30 games when Ryan was swinging the hottest bat in the major leagues. Yes, they were incredible, but how about the many great defensive plays he came up with at third and that great slide across home plate in the 9th inning against the Giants just after he failed to get a hit in his final trip to the plate.
How lucky are we fans here in DC to have a solid young major leaguer like Ryan Zimmerman to call our own. If he fails to make the All-Star team, there ought to be an investigation. Ryan stands for everything that's good in baseball, both on and off the field.
I wouldn't be surprised if he begins another hitting streak Friday night.