(Photo of TV by Nationals Enquirer staff. Ryan Zimmerman admires his hardware on last night's Baseball Tonight Web Gem Awards on ESPN. Real hardware, forthcoming?)
Gold Glove is next, right?
Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals cleaned up on last night's Baseball Tonight Web Gem Awards show. Zim was the top Web Gem points leader at third base, and led the majors overall with 19 Web Gems, good for 61 points; while the Nationals, worst or near the bottom in almost every defensive category imaginable, managed to win the team award with 44 Web Gems and 141 points. Guess it pays to make the highlight reel.
Zim - in a spiffy suit - handled himself quite well on TV, joining Baseball Tonight's Karl Ravech and John Kruk to review the 2009 highlight reel and dole out the awards over the hour-long show; he even enlightened Ravech and Kruk on the legend of Tony Plush and TP's penchant for nicknames (Peter Franchise, Charlie Chirplin, Freddy Physical, etc.)
Don't ask us to recount how the points are actually allocated or calculated; we're simply trying to bask in the glow of the Nationals winning *something* (even if it really is nothing) other than the rights to the #1 pick in 2010. Tim Lemke of the Washington Times officially dubbed the Nats "The Web Gem Champs." We'll take it.