WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Nobody understands the Nationals current struggles better than Ryan Zimmerman, who’s battled through his own adversity of being labeled ‘injury prone’ while his team has slipped into a downward spiral.
Washington is in the thrust of a losing skid, having lost eight of its last eleven games since sweeping the White Sox at home nearly two weeks ago.
And Zimmerman, who’s struggled to find consistency on the field with four throwing errors on the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with yet another injury: a left hamstring strain.
And it is frustrating, he admitted to 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny on Tuesday.
“The past couple years I’ve had some things go wrong and there’s nothing I can do to not make them happen, but it’s frustrating,” Zimmerman said. “Hamstrings are tricky. If you keep playing on those things, all of a sudden you tear it off something and then it’s not fifteen days, then it’s three months.”
His experience has helped him push through the mental hang-ups of being plagued by injuries as of late, which he says just comes with the territory of being a professional athlete.
“Nobody wants to be out there more than the person that’s hurt,” he elaborated. “Instead of being hurt I’d rather go out there, and even if I’m doing terrible, go 0-for-4, at least I’m on the field and I can help the team win.”
“We get paid a lot of money to play baseball,” Zimmerman continued. “When we can’t play, people are mad just like we are.”
But there’s something that transcends a persistent battle with injuries, and even baseball itself for Ryan Zimmerman, and that’s his ongoing fight against multiple sclerosis.
The event, a fundraiser initially set up to raise money for MS research in honor of his mother, is a night of food, drink, auctions and live music – the headlining act being Third Eye Blind.
“My mom was diagnosed in ’95, so I kind of grew up with it,” Zimmerman explained. “Some people get the disease and live their entire life and are fine. Some people like my mom, she was fine for a few years, and it kept getting worse and worse to the point where she’s been in a wheelchair for five, seven years now.”
This year, “A Night at the Park” will be MCd by 106.7 The Fan’s very own Danny Rouhier, whose family has also been affected by this disease that preys on the body’s central nervous system.
“I mean you’re the selling point,” Zimmerman joked (he very obviously joked, Danny). “We want to make it better not only for our mom, or our people that are affected, but everyone that’s affected by this disease.”
Roughly 400,000 American families have had their worlds turned upside-down by MS.
Zimmerman’s efforts to fight it even extended into negotiations of his latest contract, which stipulates that he be given full use of the stadium one day a year for his charity event.
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