by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Ryan Zimmerman, wife and newborn child and all, has a huge man crush on Tom Brady.

How do we know this?

“I have a huge man crush on Tom Brady,” Zimmerman told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny on Thursday.

The Nationals third baseman seemed in a fun-loving mood, more so than usual anyways, as he opened up about on a wide array of topics, like his reasoning for staying off Twitter, what advice he’d give to Robert Griffin III regarding social media, his expectations for the Nationals in 2014, and why he’s so obsessed with Tom Brady.

Asked who he’s picking to win this week’s conference championships in the NFL, it didn’t take Zimm long to make a decision on who, between the Broncos and Patriots, will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

“Alright you guys are gonna hate me, and like we talked about before, I have a beautiful wife and a kid,” Zimmerman responded. “So I feel I need to say this before I tell you I have a huge man crush on Tom Brady.

“It’s not that I don’t like Peyton Manning, and it’s not that I love the Patriots or even Boston sports, because I really don’t enjoy them that much, I just enjoy Brady. And I think last week’s a perfect example. The Colts, they’re up 14. Brady and Belichick step on people’s necks, I love it. They go for it. And then like, Peyton. I mean Peyton, if they don’t get that kind of questionable pass-interference call, they’re punting back to Phillip Rivers, and they’re down seven, and now all of a sudden they go down and score, and now all of a sudden Peyton’s thinking one-and-done again. I just feel like Tom and the Patriots really finish games and I enjoy seeing that.”

Zimmerman, who doesn’t have a Twitter account, was asked to forward some advice to RGIII, who recently came under scrutiny for simply responding to a photo he posted on Facebook.

“We deal with it with Harp,” Zimmerman said. “And we try and help Harp as much as we can, and at the end of the day, these guys are their own people, and you can’t tell them not to do something, or tell them not to have Twitter, or tell them not to be on Facebook because, when used properly, I think Twitter and Facebook are a great way to connect with fans. And I think, fans obviously are the most important part of every sport, I mean without them, we obviously wouldn’t have what we have. But at the same time I think they need to be a little more conscious about, fans are gonna say what they want to say and they have the right to say whatever they want to say, and sometimes it’s best just, not to respond I guess would be the best answer.

“What I’ve told Harp and what I’ve told other young guys is, when you’re done playing, honestly people aren’t gonna remember you for how many Twitter followers you had, or how many times you wrote back fans on Facebook. It’s gonna be, if you were a good player and you were a good person, people are gonna like you. If you were a decent player and a good person, people are gonna like you. If you were a decent player and a bad person, people probably aren’t gonna like you. And you could be the best person in the world, but if you were a bad player, people aren’t gonna like you anyway.

“I think the biggest thing is just to be involved in the community. This city gives us so much, and to go out and do that and stay off the Twitter as much as you can, and just worry about yourself, and when your career’s over, hopefully everything works out the way you want it to.”

Zimmerman got a chance to speak with new manager Matt Williams a few weeks back. From it, here’s what he took away:

“He’s very prepared,” Zimmerman said. “He wants us to have as much information as we can have so that we can go out there and have the chance to be successful. And I think the biggest thing that I saw from him is, he understands it’s his first job as manager and he’s not above everyone else, he wants as much help as he can get. He kept a lot of the coaches from last year to sort of help him get to know everyone, and obviously coaches like Randy Knorr and Steve McCatty have been around for awhile and can help him get to know everyone else, and I think it’s a great hire. He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s got a little grit, a little energy to him, and I think that’s something we needed here.”

On looking forward to the Nationals’ upcoming season:

“I think it was the first time that we were in the position where we had the bulls-eye on our back, we weren’t a team that was going to sneak up on people, and I don’t know if that made us get off to a slow start, but I think we’ve kind of gotten through that, we’ve gotten past that and we realize you have to go out and win games. Nobody’s gonna give you games, no matter how good everyone says you are on paper.

“Unfortunately we finished strong, but a little bit too late to make it to the playoffs like we wanted to.  But I think that last month and a half where we started to play really, really good baseball was important for this year, because now we have some momentum going in, a lot of guys’ confidence are back up, and we realize, hey, the first half of the season was bad, but we learned from it and now it’s time to move on.”

While there were certainly no bold ‘World Series or Bust’ proclamations, early in the interview, Zimmerman did have this to say:

“I have a good feeling about this year,” he said. “I think it’s gonna be special.”


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