John Lannan was looking sharp last night, that is, until he tried to catch a ball with his face... Apparently, Lannan told Bernadina that, "I'm a shark too!" before the inning and tried to impress the Shark by catching a ball in his mouth. Since he doesn't have the powerful Shark jaw that Bernadina possesses, the ball ended up busting Lannan's nose, giving him a "nasal contusion." Fortunately for Lannan, he panicked just enough to block the ball with his glove, which then slammed into his face. This is fortunate because it, ever so slightly, padded the blow. Long story short, John Lannan is gonna look at lot more like Tom Gorzellany after this...
The Shark, meanwhile, led off the game with a double, and came around to score on Mako Morse's sacrifice fly. He ended the game 1 for 4 but made a great catch and threw out a http://polldaddy.com/poll/5199582/ at second base to keep the game close. The Shark nickname stemmed from his defensive prowess. Every game, he continues to show the world why he is the Shark! He's a fan favorite and should win a gold glove.
Yesterday, the MLB twitter account with it's 1.3 Millon followers, mentioned the Shark in a tweet yesterday.
It ended with a link to the diving catch Bernadina made on Thursday night. Flying Shark's are even more deadly!!
As I waited for the Metro today, I saw in the Express an article by Derek Turner about Roger Bernadina. While it didn't mention the Shark nickname, they did talk about how much Nationals manager Davey Johnson likes the Shark. A direct quote from the article "Said Johnson: 'He deserves an opportunity to play everyday, and I am going to give it to him.". That is a damn good sign Shark Fans!
More to come.