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‘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.

“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.

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.

Once Zimmerman returned to the safety of the Capitals locker room, the major leaguer reflected upon his NHL goaltending “debut.”

“What a great experience,” Zimmerman said. “Terrifying, but fun. Glad I did it. I’ll never do it again.”

Fair enough.

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.