The scene itself was familiar to Ryan Zimmerman. After all, this wasn't the first time the Washington Nationals' third baseman had been asked to attend a press conference, say a few words, talk about himself and the only professional organization he'd ever known.

But Sunday morning, a few hours after signing a six-year, $100 million contract extension with a full no-trade clause that will guarantee him $126 million over the next eight seasons and is potentially worth $150 million over the next nine, he looked up and saw several faces he wasn't expecting.