Ryan Zimmerman, who is considered the future of the Nationals, caps off Opening Night in fairy tale fashion. John Rauch(1-0) gets the win in relief after allowing the Braves to tie the game in the top of the ninth.
Zimmerman is still waiting to get his big boy contract from the cheapo owners of the Capital City franchise. Here’s hoping that this will help to push the Lerners and Kasten to give him what the Future of the Franchise deserves.
The 23-year old third baseman recorded the first hit for the Nationals since the opening inning. In the first, Nick Johnson marked his return from a gruesome broken leg injury he suffered after colliding with Austin Kearns in late 2006 by smacking an RBI double in his first at-bat.
Also I will give props to Odelias Perez who pitched five innings, gave up four hits, and walked a batter. That is a 1.0 WHIP. Expect a lot of five inning outing for Nats starters this year as they are expected to continue the trend of depending heavily on their bullpen.
The obvious benchmark for Zimmerman is New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who in August 2006 signed a six-year, $55 million contract with a club option for a seventh year. Zimmerman and Wright grew up near each other in Virginia — Zimmerman in Virginia Beach, Wright in nearby Chesapeake. They played together on a summer-league team, Wright at third, Zimmerman at either shortstop or second.