“I was sitting up in the mezzanine, and I was like ‘Oh my God, Ryan Zimmerman is Mr. Walk-Off,” Yurasko said on Wednesday. “I was screaming it, ‘Ryan Zimmerman is Mr. Walk-Off, Ryan Zimmerman is Mr. Walk-Off!’ It just one of those euphoric, act-crazy sort of things.”
Yurasko, a 38-year-old Web content manager from Alexandria, once pointed out his role to the Nats, both in a post and in an e-mail, but never heard back. He started his blog in 2004, but he doesn’t update it much anymore, instead focusing on his two young sons, the older of whom is already a fanatical Nats fan. And he isn’t even sure that “Mr. Walk-Off” is his most lasting contribution to the sports world; he once designed a potential Wizards logo, which a (confused?) fan eventually got tattooed on his arm.
“I like to think that I came up with it and helped popularize it,” Yurasko said. “And I’m glad he keeps doing it. I mean, if there was one guy you would pick from the Nationals to do that, for me, it’d be Zimmerman. He’s been here since time immemorial, he’s been through everything, he suffered through those awful seasons when he was the only thing going for them. So to see him doing it, as a Washington fan, that’s great.”