(Ryan Zimmerman talks to the media in Viera, FL. Screengrab via CSNWashington.com)
All is forgiven, apparently, and that's a good thing. Here's Ryan Zimmerman, talking on Tuesday about the departure of Adam Dunn, explaining post-Dunn reaction:
"I was not by any means saying anything about the club or the organization. I think a lot of people thought I was. I had talked to Mike [Rizzo, general manager] quite a bit. I knew that they had a plan. Obviously, they've done it for the last couple years to get this team in place. I was just expressing more frustrations of losing a teammate and a friend than anything. I think a lot of people took it as I was taking a stab at them or talking bad about them, which was completely the opposite."
(Ryan Zimmerman, via Mark Zuckerman/CSNWashington.com, 2/15/2011)
And here are some of Ryan Zimmerman's comments in the wake of Dunn's departure in December, via Adam Kilgore/Washington Post:
"I hope that this plan they have intact - I guess this one of the years we were supposed to take that next step and become one of the teams that gets those free agent guys. They've told us and the fans to be patient. Hopefully this is one the years we start acquiring impact guys and taking the team to that next level."
(Ryan Zimmerman, via Nationals Journal, 12/2/2010)
More post-Dunn Zim, via Ben Goessling/MASNSports.com:
"Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn't want to resign him, it's frustrating for us as players...We're not in the front office. We don't make the decisions, and we don't have to write the checks. But we're getting to the point on our team where we're supposed to wait it out, wait for the young guys, start doing some things and start making some moves. Not only are we ready for that, I think the fans are, as well. We've trusted the front office, and we still trust them. But we want to best possible team on the field."
(Ryan Zimmerman, via Ben Goessling/MASNSports.com, 12/2/2010)
Okay. Now let's see if Rizzo's offseason moves work out, and hopefully convince Zim to stick around after 2013.