‘Terrified’ Ryan Zimmerman takes goalie reps at Capitals practice
Former Washington Nationals first baseman and current free agent Ryan Zimmerman strapped on the pads Wednesday and played goalie at a Washington Capitals practice.
Ahead of his on-ice experience, the World Series champion admitted he was a little freaked out about the situation.
Ryan Zimmerman. World Series Champion. Future…goalie? pic.twitter.com/lzDsidVcLY— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 15, 2020
“Hey, I’m Ryan Zimmerman. I’m a baseball player,” he said, as transcribed by Russian Machine Never Breaks. “I’m about to attempt to play goalie against some of the best hockey players in the world. I’m terrified to death right now. I have no idea what to expect and I hope I don’t die.”
Plenty of footage of Zimmerman’s play between the pipes has hit social media, and to be fair to the veteran ballplayer, he fared pretty well.
Zimmerman is pretty good with the glove. pic.twitter.com/V0pDb6kEIe— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) January 15, 2020
On the other hand, the case can be made the Caps were taking it somewhat easy on him, as it’s clear Alexander Ovechkin was not unleashing his customary, blistering sniper shots on Zimmerman during one-timer drills.
Ryan Zimmerman is in goal against Alex Ovechkin. Sadly, Ovi is taking it easy on him. pic.twitter.com/XgdZ4RbIg0— Chris Gordon (@ByChrisGordon) January 15, 2020
Alex Ovechkin shooting one-timers at guest goalie Ryan Zimmerman pic.twitter.com/TXk4RvPBz7— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) January 15, 2020
Once Zimmerman returned to the safety of the Capitals locker room, the major leaguer reflected upon his NHL goaltending “debut.”
Zim’s final thoughts on his goalie experience today pic.twitter.com/ZMlPCdfLOV— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 15, 2020
“What a great experience,” Zimmerman said. “Terrifying, but fun. Glad I did it. I’ll never do it again.”
Now with that harrowing experience behind him, Zimmerman can now fully devote his attention to his MLB future. “Mr. National,” as he’s known, has not ruled out a return to Washington, and it sounds like the team would love to see the 35-year-old to return in 2020.