The Shark started last night in the second game verse his favorite snack... While he didn't get a hit, he did get hit by a pitch and scored a run. His most important play of the game came in the ninth after the Nats took the lead in the top of the inning. Using his Mako Shark speed, he cut off a Russell Martin hit in the gap and gunned him down at second base. The play kept the pesky Pirates off the basepaths and sealed the Nats 5-4 win.
After the game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle punished his least favorite player by dropping them off at Roger Bernadina's from door. The above picture was snapped moments before the Shark's post game protein-laced meal.
Our long Nationals nightmare is over...The Shark finally got a hit last night! He is now 1-17, which is a batting average of .059, but he's moving in the right direction. After his hit, new Nationals #2 Denard Span drove old Nationals #2 (Bernadina) in with a triple, sealing the Nats 8-1 victory behind Gio's dominant pitching.
After the game, Brandon Phillips went to congratulate Bernadina, but The Shark's high five was a little overzealous. Here's a photo of the incident:
We are bringing a group of 25 Shark fans to the game tonight, turning the Scoreboard Walk into a Shark Tank! If you're at the game, swim on over and say Hi!
OK, at least three people have sent us this video or asked if we've seen it, so we have to post it. Basically what you're seeing here are some of Bernadina's fans in the animal kingdom. The cat is trying to replicate the Shark's moves in the outfield, as he sometimes gets a bad jump and takes long routes to the duck, but ultimately closes in and even sacrifices his body up against the wall, kind of like THE CATCH.
I guess the dog is Bryce "Hammerhead" Harper since he is clearly a hammerhead shark and looks like he could hit for power and round the bases pretty fast. The duck is Pete Kozma because he's really annoying...or is the duck the ball in the above analogy? I don't know. It's a pretty sweet video though. If you see cool shark videos be sure to tweet them to us!
"It's time to get a little mad." Davey Johnson said this after last night's 0-2 loss to the Cardinals. The 10-10 Nats seem to be in a little bit of a slump and our beloved Shark is definitely in a slump, as he is now 0-16 and remains without a hit so far this season. Last night, we were in attendance as he came to the plate and struck out on another questionable strike call by the home plate ump.
So yes, Davey, it is time to get a little mad. No one is more mad than The Shark and he's ready to take a big ol' bite out of the Cardinals this afternoon.
Will today be the day he gets his first hit? Can the Nationals turn things around? Can someone please get Pete Kozma out? We go into today's game with more questions than answers.
Quick programming note: if you're going to the game on Friday, Sharkadina will be there in force with 25 Shark fans! It will be the largest concentration of Shark fans since Sharkadina Night! Come say Hi to us at the Scoreboard Walk if you'll be there!