Mike Rizzo 'couldn't be happier' for Ryan Zimmerman's first-ever World Series home run
It could not have been scripted any better.
In Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros, "Mr. National," Ryan Zimmerman, hit the Nats' first-ever World Series home run and general manager Mike Rizzo was elated.
"I couldn't be happier for any single player on this club that's beyond Ryan Zimmerman," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "It's been great to watch him kind of come to the forefront in the biggest situations and be the face of the franchise."
Zimmerman's 413-foot homer to the deepest part of Minute Maid Park put the Nats on the board in the top of the second inning.
"He's turning around 98-mile-an-hour Gerrit Cole fastballs in Game 1 of the World Series and hitting them out of the Houston's ballpark where very very few players, especially right-handed hitters, go out of that ballpark, so tip of the cap to him," Rizzo said.
Many fans couldn't help but shed a tear watching the Nationals' first-ever draft pick in 2005 hit the team's first-ever World Series home run in 2019, including manager Davey Martinez.
"I'll be honest with you, I got a little teary-eyed for him," Martinez said to the media postgame.
With one game down of the best of seven matchup between two of the best teams in baseball, it's clear that despite being 35-years-old, Zim isn't done yet.
"I feel so good for him, and I feel so good for us because he's swinging the bat very, very well right now," Rizzo said. "His timing is on, the rhythm at the plate is there and he's putting the barrel of the bat on it."
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