The Hot Corner: A Conversation with Baseball Greats 2013
This intimate conversation between two baseball greats took place on December 4, 2013. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosted the Hot Corner event with Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and Washington Nationals third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C. The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner, and program with the legendary duo, moderated by ESPN host Lindsay Czarniak.
Zimmerman was drafted in the first round by the Washington Nationals in 2005 MLB Draft. Like Ripken, the third baseman has played his entire career with one team. In nine seasons, Zimmerman has played in over 1,100 games, with a .287 career batting average; 1,265 hits; 179 home runs; and 671 RBI’s. His shutdown play at the hot corner earn Zimmerman a Gold Glove Award in 2009 and a spot on the National League roster in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game. He is also a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2009, 2010).
Off the field, Zimmerman founded the ziMS Foundation in 2006, dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of MS by funding comprehensive support and educational programs. This past year, the ziMS Foundation, led by Ryan, reached $1,000,000 in total donations towards finding a cure for MS. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation donated $10,000 to the ziMS Foundation at the end of theHot Corner event.
Proceeds from the night support Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation programs, which help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities through sports-themed programming.