Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman Loses His Footing, Falls Trying to Catch Pop-Up

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2016


The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman may have switched to first base just last year, but a veteran player like him would not make excuses for botching a routine play like this, regardless of whether he's still learning a new position.

In the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday's spring training game, New York Mets third baseman David Wright hit a soft pop-up to first that should have been the second out of the inning. However, Zimmerman initially went a step or two too far back and had to correct himself.

Then, "Oh my goodness, that's embarrassing." You can say that again.

Wright's routine pop-up fell in for a "single" as Zimmerman ate dirt, and there were smiles all around when the fielder and runner met at first base. Fortunately for the Nationals veteran, Wright did not wind up scoring.