UD: So you’ve been in DC for five years. Have you gotten political?
RZ: Not too much, to be honest, but I have become friendly with Senator [Byron] Dorgan and Congressman [Michael] Burgess, who are also on A Night at the Park’s host committee. I would like to get involved more on the Hill.
UD: You’re both a minor-league veteran and a Carolina native. So how accurate is Bull Durham?
RZ: Haha. It’s perfect. I love that movie.
UD: What’s the craziest thing anyone’s ever asked you to sign?
RZ: Chests are the craziest... bar none. It’s just weird with people watching.
UD: Ha. What’s your go-to neighborhood? How do you spend your days off?
RZ: My favorite neighborhood is definitely Arlington, with Georgetown a close second. I have a bunch of friends in the area, and there’s a ton to do.
UD: How often are you recognized around town?
RZ: A good bit, I guess. I usually hit up the same spots after games, so I run into the same people often.
UD: Which spots?
RZ: Capital Grille and Liberty Tavern about sums it up.
UD: Nice. What’s your favorite meal in town?
RZ: Capital Grille. Steak. Done.
UD: You stood on the mound with President Obama this year before he threw out the first pitch. What was your advice?
RZ: I told him not to be nervous and hit the mitt.
UD: Speaking of hitting the mitt, when’s the last time you took your hacks against a Strasburg fastball?
RZ: I’ve actually never faced him in a live setting. Luckily we’re on the same team.
UD: Not even in spring training?
RZ: Nope, they didn’t let the starters face him. Didn’t want to hurt our confidence.
UD: Okay, give us a weird fact about one of your teammates.
RZ: Miguel Batista writes poetry, murder mystery novels, plays jazz flute (which he takes on the road) and, oh yeah, pitches out of the bull pen.
UD: Of course. Who’s the snappiest dresser on the Nats?
RZ: Guzman for sure—white suits all the time.
UD: Classic. So now you’re a party planner. How’d the event come about?
RZ: My family and I started the ziMS Foundation in 2006 to find a cure and raise awareness for multiple sclerosis. My mother was diagnosed with MS when I was a kid. [So] on the 9th, we’re essentially turning the stadium into a mini-amphitheater, with a custom stage being built over the President’s Club seats. David Blaine, the magician, is also going to be working the room.
UD: Nice. Last question: what’s your least favorite road city?
RZ: Philly is tough. I think their fans in all their sports are pretty intense. I’d put that one at the top.
UD: They’ll be pleased to read that as they come to town tonight.