We don't celebrate great careers here at Baseball Is Magic, though. We celebrate great moments, and Ryan Zimmerman had one on Sunday, April 15th, 2012. You'll see he's wearing number 42 on his back, because this was Jackie Robinson Day.
Zimmerman was channelling a different Robinson on this play, however.
Not, not Frank. Brooks. Or, Hoover, as he was called by his admirers.
Observe, four frames from the left field camera view:
|Pitch on the way|
|Now keep your eye...|
|On the ball....|
|And he'll make it disappear!|
The whole highlight is here on MLB.com.
The tail end of the video is certainly worth it too, the batter is running well wide of the first base line. Why? He's looking to see how the left fielder is going to play the ball down the line. He has no clue Zim was even able to lay a glove on the ball. And he can go into the dugout and think about that for a little bit.
This story from the Washington Post brought Zimmerman's play to my attention.