Ryan Zimmerman won National League player of the month honors Monday afternoon for a week in which he went 13 for 26 with two doubles and five home runs. His Nationals are 17-8, boosted by his resurgence, though it is no stretch to say that none of that mattered as much as what Zimmerman achieved Monday night — corny as that sounds.
Zimmerman and his ziMS Foundation hosted their eighth annual “A Night at the Park” to benefit multiple sclerosis-related causes and raised more than $200,000 in the process. In the eight years of the event, Zimmerman has raised more than $1.5 million for the disease, which his mother, Cheryl, has battled for more than 20 years.
Many of Zimmerman’s teammates attended the event Monday night, including Tanner Roark, Max Scherzer, Michael A. Taylor, Anthony Rendon, Sammy Solis, Matt Wieters, Daniel Murphy, Joe Blanton, Trea Turner, Chris Heisey, Matt Albers and Joe Ross. The event included a concert by Canaan Smith, among other events, all of which were aimed to raise money for the MS Society. The ziMS foundation has contributed more than $3 million to MS causes since Zimmerman founded it nearly a decade ago.
For his work with the ziMS foundation, as well as in other community service endeavors — like the turf field he sponsored up the street from Nationals Park — Zimmerman was named one of the 2016 Washingtonians of the year by Washingtonian magazine.