(Ryan Zimmerman's 5th inning home run off Mike Leake almost cleared the seats in left at Nationals Park. Screen cap via MASN/TV.)
Here's a link to video of Ryan Zimmerman's 5th inning bomb Tuesday night. Best of all, Zim called it. Or did he?
"Actually, he called that in the dugout. None of us believed him. He said he was gonna hit a bomb. And he went up there and...I guess the guy was pitching him fastballs in early in the count, and he said 'when he comes in there I'm gonna hit it out of the ball park.' So it didn't surprise any of us. I asked him if he got all of it. He said no, it kind of jammed him."
(Davey Johnson, via postgame interview/MASN, 8/16/2011)
So if he'd gotten all of it, where would that poor baseball have landed? Half Street? Navy Yard Metro?
Still, Zim wouldn't fess up to calling it in his postgame meet-and-greet with the media. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times Tweeted:
Davey insisted that Zimmerman called his HR in the dugout. Zimmerman, ever humble, blushed but wouldn't say one way or another if he did.
(via @acomak, 8/16/2011)
Nationals 6, Reds 4: Wang beats Leake. Wang goes 7 for the win, Storen nails down the save. Zim, Morse lead the offensive charge.