Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman Played Goaltender At Capitals’ Practice On Wednesday

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A special guest was on the ice Wednesday morning at Capitals’ practice. Washington Nationals’ first baseman and World Series champion Ryan Zimmerman suited up and played goaltender.

The Capitals tweeted out a video of goalie equipment in the locker room. Given there was a baseball emoji included, there seemed to be suspicions of a player from the Nationals coming in, which turned out to be Zimmerman.

Prior to joining some Capitals players on the ice, Zimmerman said he was “terrified to death” and had no idea what to expect.

Zimmerman began his goaltending experience with some one-timers from none other than captain Alex Ovechkin.

It only got better from there. The Nationals baseman practiced a shootout.

Zimmerman called the experience “great” and “terrifying”. “I’ll never do it again,” he added.

He was also excited about Backstrom’s five-year, $64 million contract that was officially announced on Tuesday morning. “He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet,” Zimmerman said.

Capitals’ head coach Todd Reirden spoke to the media following practice and complimented Zimmerman’s skills.

The Capitals and Nationals have been close supporters for years, especially through others’ post-season runs. Back in November, the Capitals honored the Nationals at Capital One Arena for their World Series victory over the Houston Astros, which lead into a crazy locker room celebration.

Zimmerman and pitcher Max Scherzer led fans in the “Let’s Go Caps” chant during the Stanley Cup Final in 2018. During the Capitals’ championship escapades, they stopped at Nationals Park where Ovechkin threw out the first pitch(es).

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on X: @dellayoung
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