Sunday, June 19, 2011

Shark rocks, but Nats fall

The Nationals faced the Orioles today with an 8 game win streak on the line.  They had the momentum to win and it was clear that the Shark wanted nine.  Unfortunatly, the Nationals doomed themselves early in this game with a series of fielding mistakes and ultimately fell to the O's 7-4.  As a team, the Nationals made 3 errors and left 11 on base (Shark left none on base).

The Shark had an incredible game, contributing two singles and a home run, to bump his average up to .281 (he's coming for you Ladson).  He had a third of the teams hits.  His home run was his 3rd in the last four games.  Since Shark Night on Tuesday, when we met up with the Shark after the game, Bernadina has batted 11-24 (.458 avg) with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs, while sporting a 6-game hit streak.

Listening to Bernadina's home run was a lot of fun. Charlie Slowes, the play-by-play radio announcer has adopted the Shark nickname and has been using it since Friday night.  I recorded the audio broadcast of the home run and threw some stills to it.  Listen below to hear Slowes exclaim "Shark" in excitement (he may also say "mako" in there too, so listen carefully):

Despite the loss, the Nationals will have to shark it off, and regroup before the Mariners come to town starting Tuesday.  The Mariners, being sea-faring people, are well aware of what the Shark can do.  Even so, expect the Shark to have a feeding frenzy.

Happy Father's Day
Seeing as today is Father's Day (Happy Father's Day, Dad!!), Roger Bernadina introduced his father to Adam JonesAdam Jones cried for 3 straight hours and ground into a double play late in the game.
Bernadina and father, pictured with Adam Jones.
More to come.


  1. Now that Charlie Slowes has embraced The Shark nickname it is time for you guys to develop a formal marketing relationship with Roger Bernadina. I see a media day at the National Aquarium as a must. Possibly a day at the zoo too? To know Bernadina is to love him: as long as you're not a slow swimming enemy.

  2. I hope the Nationals start another long winning streak soon! It would be exciting to see them make the playoffs, something that hasn’t happened since 1981 when the franchise was the Montreal Expos.