Ryan Zimmerman juggling baseball with fatherhood at spring training
VIERA, Fla. (WJLA) - Ryan Zimmerman can hit 33 home runs in a season, but stepping up to the plate pales in comparison to the job he's taken on over the off-season: being a first-time father.
"It's the hardest thing I've ever done," he said.
Zimmerman's first child, a girl, was born over the offseason and like his new daughter, the Nationals third baseman has been dealing with his fair share of growing pains.
"I was home one time and she started crying. You know, you change the diaper, she's fed, there's only so many things you can do," Zimmerman said. "I'm texting [my wife], 'are you done? Hurry! Then it's all exclamation points. You can just see the anxiety level raising."
When it comes to his on the field job, Zimmerman is as calm as ever and is even will to play some first base this season.
"If it's gonna help us win some games, I'm more than happy to do that. With the way I finished last year, I don't know if I'm ready to play more than 60 games there. I still want to play third for a few years."
Zimmerman said this is the first time in three years he hasn't dealt with offseason surgery, giving him a chance to start spring training fully healthy. But even with the team's hardships last year, his approach remains the same.
"It's the same team, same feel, we're a year smarter," she said. "We went through a lot last year that's going to help us, and we have a chance to be really good. This city deserves a baseball team that wins."