"If it's between me and Ryan Zimmerman, it's Ryan Zimmerman 100 percent of the time. I have no problems with that," Hairston said. "He is a better player. He is on that roster 100 percent."
Hairston blamed himself for not making the roster because of his production at the plate. He hit .208 with a home run and eight RBIs in 61 games this season.
"I was waiting for this moment [for] a long time. I finally got in here, and I didn't make it," Hairston said. "It's part of the game. As a player, you want to be chosen, but that wasn't the case. I blame it on myself. I thought there were opportunities this year where I could have been more productive, and I wasn't. So that's the way it worked out."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.