Congratulations to Ryan Zimmerman

Ever have a feeling that something is going to happen, before it happens?

After Tuesday night’s loss to the Giants, I had a feeling that Ryan Zimmerman’s hit streak would end at 30. I just had this unshakable feeling that 30 games was it. That’s why I mentioned “The Event That Shall Not Be Named” — TETSNBN — in my post after the game. TETSNBN can be named now…Ryan Zimmerman’s 30 game hit streak, which unfortunately came to an end on Wednesday afternoon against the Giants. From April 8 through May 12, Zimm’s stats were:

H: 50
2B: 11
HR: 8
RBI: 26
BB: 11
IBB: 2
SO: 23
AVG: .382
OBP: .427
SLG: .649
OPS: 1.075

Outstanding numbers…outstanding streak!

More on Zimmerman’s hit streak:

Longest hit streaks in Nationals/Expos history
Year    Player                     Games
1999    Vladimir Guerrero     31
2009    Ryan Zimmerman  30
2002    Vladimir Guerrero     26
2002    Jose Vidro               21
1993    Delino DeShields     21

Longest hit streaks, third basemen
Year    Player                    Games
1978    Pete Rose              44
1893    George Davis          33
2009    Ryan Zimmerman  30
1980    George Brett           30

Longest hit streaks since 2000
Year        Player                   Games
2005-06   Jimmy Rollins         38
2006       Chase Utley            35
2009       Ryan Zimmerman  30
2007       Moises Alou            30
2006       Willy Taveras           21
2003       Albert Pujols           30
2005      Johnny Damon         29

Some of Zimm’s postgame comments (per yahoo.com):

“I’m not relieved it’s over, because I would have liked to keep it
going for as long as I can,” said Zimmerman, who fell just short of
Vladimir Guerrero’s franchise-record 31-game streak with Montreal in
1999. “But it’ll be good to go back to the usual routine. … I’ve said
every day that I’d rather win. It’s been a tough year for us. I feel
like we’re a lot better than our record.”

It’s been a pleasure to watch Zimm this season…not just because of the streak, but because of his overall performance. He’s been one of the few bright spots in what has been an extremely dismal and frustrating season so far. And the way he handled himself through the streak was just as impressive as the streak itself. There was no hint of cockiness or arrogance at any point during the last 30 games; he remained on an even keel, with his humility intact.

Well done, Ryan. Congratulations on a marvelous streak and a terrific start to the season. Keep up the great work! And you’re still Superman to me!

superzimm.jpgMaybe Zimm will start another lengthy hit streak against the Phillies on Friday. I will be there, and I will definitely give him a standing ovation before his first at bat.

Although I was disappointed that Zimm’s hit streak came to an end, I was pleased that the Nationals beat the Giants, 6-3. Shairon Martis pitched another good game, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits over 7 innings and improving his W/L record to 5-0. Martis even hit a double in the 5th inning and then scored on Nick Johnson’s double. Johnson himself had an outstanding game, going 4-5 with 2 RBI. It’s always nice to get a win…especially when they don’t happen very often!

By the way, I was very impressed with the class displayed by Giants fans when they gave Zimm an ovation after his final at bat, acknowledging the end of his hit streak. Way to go, Giants fans! 🙂


The Washington Capitals were not as lucky as the Nationals…they lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-2. Very disappointing, to say the least. First Zimmerman’s streak ends, then the Caps lose…not a great day. 😦 But the Caps had a great season, and I look forward to bigger and better things next season.

Now, let’s see…whom shall I root for the rest of the way? Definitely not the Penguins…the Blackhawks? The Ducks? The Red Wings? The Hurricanes? The Bruins? Hmmmm…..

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3 comments

  1. diamonddiva

    The game’s tied — they’re in overtime right now, Julia! And yes, Zimmerman’s streak was great to watch. I’m disappointed that it’s over…and judging from things that he has said about it, I’m probably more disappointed than he is. LOL

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