Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2 in Sharksight

Amidst a tight wildcard race in both the AL and NL, the Shark and the Nats are battling for their own positive end to the season.  With only 2 games left in the year, the Nationals are fighting their way to their first winning (81-80, .503) season since 2003 (when they were the Montreal Expos). The Nationals, led in part by the Shark and his intimidating ballplayer presence, are ripping through opponents, like regenerating teeth tearing through the soft gills of a flounder. The Nats have won 8 of their last 9 and 13 of their last 16...

Let me repeat that, "The Nats have won 8 of their last 9 and 13 of their last 16."

THOSE ARE RIDICULOUS NUMBERS!!!

Sadly, Tyler and I attended the 3 losing games in that stretch.....

But do not fear, we aren't heading to Florida today or tomorrow so if we were the cause of those losses, we can't affect the next 2...  We can, however, hope and pray that Davey Johnson starts The Shark for the last two games to GUARANTEE VICTORY.  After all, SHARKS LOVE TO FEAST ON MARLINS!

Need proof?  Click these examples:  Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, Example 4, Example 5, Example 6

In other news:
Mako Morse has clearly been this season's MVP, hitting his 30th sharkadelic home run, yesterday which not only helped the team come from behind, but also helped power my fantasy baseball teams to commanding leads.  He now has 94 RBIs, leaving him in need of a strong 6 RBI last two games to finish the year with 100...  I believe in you Mako!

Tyler and I will be watching the last two games of the season closely.  Let's grab those last two wins!


More to come.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Nats won 4-1

Jawsome.

Photo by Jumpin' Zac Flash
More to come.

Final Shark Night

Sadly, Tyler and I went to our last baseball game of the 2011 season...  A "Season in Review" post will happen at the end of the season, providing such useless stats as how many games we saw, the Shark's stats at the games attended, the Nationals win-loss record, and some other sh**k.

But anyway, you will have to wait for that (or delete this blog from your recently viewed websites and pretend we don't exist),  because this post is about last night.

Things weren't looking great leading up to the game.  It rained literally all day long and there was a "soak watch," which apparently meant the ground was so saturated that if the rain came down hard enough, flash floods were inevitable.  While this seemed like something that the Shark would thrive with, it also began to look like these tickets were cursed.  Tyler bought these tickets for half price for a game in April, then when that was rained out, we rescheduled for the Dodgers series a few weeks ago. That game was rained out too, but it turned out third time was a charm because the rain cleared just in time for last night's game.

We got to the park early and went to the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk, one of our favorite pre-game hangouts. We finally got a chance to try Shake Shack (burgers were great, but a little small) and met longtime Shark supporter @SodaPop6548.  We had a great time chatting about the playoff races and baseball stats until Terry (This is Tyler, who has taken over writing this post. Confusing, I know, but deal with it.) was pulled away to film Fan of the Game (more on that below).

We made our way to our seats near the LF foul pole and got ready for a mostly Shark-less game. Bernadina didn't start, but Stephen Strasburg did.  Unfortunately, he didn't look like his normal self and gave up 3 runs in the first inning.  While the Nats struggled to come back, Terry and I spent the time making friends in the stands.  We sat next to a great family with a cute little girl who put on a Shark hood during the game (you can see her at the end of the video below).  And we ran into our friends and Shark supporters Michelle and Lex. 

This is Michelle's friend and new Shark Fan.

We met a ton of great people who read this blog or follow us on Twitter!  And we made new friends, like Mako Morse's high school friend who we rode the Metro with after the game.  If you said Hi to us last night and you're reading this, leave a comment so we know who you are!


Remember when I won Fan of the Game?  Well, it was finally Terry's turn and he won too!

video


The Shark finally came out in the bottom of the 9th to pinch hit. We got our whole section cheering and we watched on the edge of our seats as he battled to a full count.  Shark struck out swinging and the Nats lost 7-4.  We just weren't in the mood to watch the post game fireworks.  We charged up Terry's phone and made our way back to outside of the clubhouse/player's parking lot in hopes of talking to The Shark for the final time this season.

The last time we were back there we got to go inside, but this time we were stuck outside of the gate with autograph vultures and kids who would run in front of players cars and even CHASE STRASBURG'S CAR DOWN THE STREET.  I'll be honest, some of these fans were pretty embarrassing.  Although it was cool seeing all of the players leave in their expensive, expensive cars.

Much like last time, Bernadina was one of the last to come out, and as soon as he saw us waiting outside the gate with the "unwashed masses" he waved us back and told the security guard we were cool.  Just like in the movies!

We chatted with him and his entourage, Andrew and Sol, for a good 20 min.  Some of our conversation is confidential, but we can tell you that we talked a lot about how awesome "The Shark" nickname is and made big plans to grow his fan base going into next season.  Bernadina will be in Curacao for the offseason and we all hope he will back with The Nats next year.  Oh, we also all talked about Bill Ladson and how horrible the Speed Racer nickname is.

Every time we have talked with Roger in person this season, he has been nothing but gracious with us.  For a professional sports player to take the time to talk with two random, crazy guys who nicknamed him out of nowhere is really awesome.  We wanted to do something thank him for everything he's done for us, including the autographs, like the one Terry got last night:


Last night we gave Roger Bernadina one of the original Shark hoods.  The yellow-eyed Shark is currently sitting in his locker at Nats Park. He promised to wear in the clubhouse to help spread the Shark nickname with the media and even said he might wear it out on the field before batting practice today or tomorrow!

Just because the season is coming to close, doesn't mean Sharkadina will be going away.  We will be your source for exclusive Roger Bernadina news during the offseason and will continue to bring you information on The Nats, baseball, and actual Sharks.  Don't worry, the photoshops and our unique brand of Shark related humor will continue through the winter! 

More to come.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

SHARK EATS PHILLY: Part 4

Quick poll:

How would you prefer the Shark to close season against the Phillies?
  • Going 2 for 4 with 1 run, 2 RBIs and a SB or...
  • Making a Great-White-Shark-Breaching-To-Devour-A-Seal style catch
To quote the Iron Man clip played when the Nationals are losing at the end of the game, "Is it too much to ask for both?"

That is exactly what Roger Bernadina did tonight against the Phillies.  He was playing at the 5 tool level we all know he is capable of.  His double and single sparked the offense while his defensive prowess backed Brad Peacock's  (the only member of the Nationals Zoo who doesn't need a nickname) gem.  Despite Mako Morse's attempts to steal the glory with a 3 run home run (which I will admit did help both my fantasy baseball teams), the Shark was the reason that the Nationals won this game.

The Nationals ended the 4 game Phillies series with 4 wins (the first time the Phillies lost 4 in a row since.... last year?) which brought them one giant leap closer to a .500+ season (it is statistically impossible for them to have a .500 record, feel free to ask me why).  Tonight's win brought their record to 76-79, meaning over the rest of the season, they have to go 5-1.  After watching the Nats outpitch and outplay the Phils, I am very confident that the Shark can lead them to 81 wins!

Why?

BECAUSE HE IS ON FIRE!

Apparently, it can happen!
The Shark has 5 hits in his last 14 ABs (.357 BA) with a home run, 2 defensive jewels, and 5 RBI's!  Literally (figuratively) on fire.


More to come.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SHARK EATS PHILLY: Part 2 (and 3)

After Roger "The Shark" Bernadina's JAWESOME home run in yesterday's victory over the Phillies, he came through in the second game of the double header with his defensive prowess.  He didn't start the second game, but came in for the bottom of the 9th to patrol right field with Shark skills.  He proved again why he is called the Shark (and not Speed Racer). He closed on Jimmy Rollins' hit like a Shark sensing blood in the water and then devoured it like a Hammerhead ripping into the sweet flesh of an exotic tropical fish. Yes, the catch was that good.  And yes, it's been awhile since we've had a colorful Shark metaphor.

After that catch, Drew Storen struck out the last two batters and the Nats won 3-0. They won both games of the double header and it was even sweeter because it was against the evil Phillies.  The Phillies players and fans probably support Shark Finning.

The Nats played another great tonight game and The Shark had a beautiful double, his 11th of the season.  The Nats won 7-5 and have won 3 in a row and 9 out of their last 11.  They are in 3rd place in the NL East with a record of 75-79.

They have their final homestand this weekend against the Braves, with Terry and I attending our final game on Friday (if we don't get rained out for the 3rd time with the same tickets...). Strasburg is pitching and we're hoping to say goodbye and good luck to Shark for the off season.

More to come.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SHARK EATS PHILLY: Part 1

In the first game of today's doubleheader, the Shark feasted on the Philadephia Phillies, and ideally some of their fans.  With the game locked at 0 in the 7th, the Shark CRUSHED a 3-run home run into the second deck in Right Field.  The no-doubter broke the game open.  While the Phillies came back to tie the game at 3, Roger Bernadina blasted the Nats with enough confidence to win the opening game and ultimately, eat half the city...


More to come.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sharky Birthday Party

For the first time since the first two games of the season, Tyler and I went back-to-back with Nationals games.  There were six Shark fans on Friday, and despite saying "what up" to the Shark before the game, the Nats fell to the pesky Marlins.

To top Friday, last night, we were part of a group of 12.  In what will likely go down as the greatest birthday party in the history of the Sharkadina, my cousin Lucia and 5 of her friends, donned the Shark hoods, and celebrated turning 9 the best way possible... Cheering for Bernadina.


The hoods were used in the matter of which they were designed: for use by children (don't tell Tyler).   The kids did there part in spreading the Shark love, describing the origin of the nickname to everyone who asked about the hoods and cheered ferociously when the Shark was visible on the field.

We were sitting in Section 305, which meant we really had to squint to see the Shark, but as he was the only non-human on the field, in addition to the dorsal fin, piercing through the back of his uniform, he wasn't too hard to spot.

Wait, which one is the Shark?
RIGHT THERE! YESSSSSSS!!!
It has been a long time since I was with a group of fans who cheered as loudly as this group did. Their enthusiasm rippled through the section, igniting a Shark spirit, which hasn't been seen since June 22nd.  Additionally, it was nice to see that their enthusiasm about the Shark and the Nationals was not affected by the outcome of the game... The Nationals lost 4-1 and the Shark ended 0-4.  He did come up with a man on second and nobody out in the 11th, but Davey Johnson ordered him to sacrifice Daddy Desmond over, instead of allowing him to win the game (COME ON DAVEY!).

Overall I had a good time and I hope those kids did too.  Additionally, I hope they tell all their friends about the Shark, and they tell all their friends, who tell their friends, until everyone knows Roger Bernadina is the Shark and will always be.

Side notes:
  • The last game Tyler and I will be at this season is next Friday night.  To everyone who is planning to attend that game: deck out in Shark gear. Lets have one more Shark Night of 2011.
  • To everyone who didn't tell me on Friday that Werth and Morse weren't starting... Sh**k off.
  • The Fantasy Baseball Playoffs have come down to the last day of the week for Tyler and I. We are tied as of 3:30PM with a ticket to the championship on the line.  Tyler (The Shark CHOMPians) has to win against me (The Shark Tank) in order to advance, because I took the season series 10-9. 
And it all starts... RIGHT NOW.
Last week of the season, means it is the last chance for the Shark to feast on Major League pitching.  Expect a late season feeding frenzy.

More to come.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shark Photopalooza

Well last night's game wasn't too good for the Nats (lost 3-0) or the Shark (0-4 with two strikeouts) but it was good for getting Shark pictures!

Before the game, Terry and I went down to the field to talk to the Shark. He showed us the healed gash on his hand and we talked about how excited we were to have back in the starting lineup.  Our Twitter friend @sherry327 snapped a few pictures of the pre-game Shark conference:

Right after this he touched Terry's Arm!

Check out the Jaws on my sleeve!

The secret Shark handshake!

Waving to Zac and Elizabeth

Shark-a-vision

During the game, we ran into a huge Shark Fan, Brian!  He was sitting a few rows ahead of us and came back to chat about The Shark during the game. We had an extra hood, so we let him keep it for the rest of the game!

We love your Shark enthusiasm, Brian!
The Shark was struggling, so we tried to combine our Shark powers to give him strength, but it didn't work. :(

With our powers combined...

We were also finally on MASN last night! Here you can see us before the game. Terry is attentively looking at the dugout for the emergence of The Shark, I am and enjoying a beverage and Zac and Elizabeth are no doubt debating the decision to sit Mako Morse and Jayson Werth for Bernadina and Nix (or something like that).

This is why I record Nats Talk!
 There wasn't much to celebrate last night, but the good news is Terry and I going to the game again tonight! And Stephen Strasburg is pitching! It's Terry's little cousin (remember her?) birthday and she is having a Shark themed party at Nats Park (maybe we'll make one of these cakes)! Look for little girls running around in Shark hoods in the upper deck tonight! The Shark is batting second and playing right field tonight and he surely won't disappoint the Shark Birthday Party!

More to come.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Shark Starts!

The Nats are on a five game win streak, they are in 3rd place in the NL East, and, oh yeah, ROGER "THE SHARK" BERNADINA IS FINALLY BACK IN THE STARTING LINE-UP! 

First he was sent down to the minor leagues, then he cut his hand open on a typical, sweet, Shark-style diving play making him unable to grip a bat.  Over the past week or so he entered the game occasionally as a pinch runner and last night in the Nats 10-1 crushing of the Mets he proved he could bat with a single in the 9th.

The timing could not be better. Terry and I plus four of our friends will be at the game tonight.  That means SIX SHARK HOODS cheering on first base side.  We'll be hard to miss tonight! Look for us on MASN and on the jumbotron.

I have a feeling the Shark will help propel the Nats to their sixth straight win tonight against the Marlins. He does love to devour fish.  With Mako Morse and The Great Werth out of the lineup (don't tell Terry...he's starting them in the Fantasy playoffs against me) it's up to the Loch Nix Monster and Bernadina to bring the SHARK MODE!

It's just the food chain...

P.S. Thanks to everyone who voted for us for CBS Washington's Most Valuable Sports Blog. We lost to some Washington Wizards Blog. I'm sure we would have one if they had a category for Best Animal Themed Sports Player Nickname Blog.

More to come.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

PR Shark

While the Shark is still hampered by his hand injury, which has limited his playing time, he has still managed to dominate on the base paths.

By that, I mean Davey Johnson has used the Shark as a pinch runner. While that may not seem like much to you, it means that he is getting better. He is healing. Soon he will be bigger, stronger, and faster than ever. Watch out NL East...

Also, since this post is called PR Shark, I am going to spin this a little more. Barring the improbable, the Shark will be at full strength by tomorrow. By next Friday, when Tyler, myself, Jumpin Zac Flash, Elizabeth, and two mystery Sharkadina's arrive at the game, the Shark will be at super strength. The most powerful player in the league.

Watch out for him this week. He's ravenous for fresh opposing player meat.

More to come.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

iPhone Sharkadina

Dear Google,

Thank you for finally creating an App that allows me to easily rest sharkposts from my phone. I wish you had created it earlier, for example, when I was traveling to Michigan/Chicago over Labor Day Weekend, but I will take what I can get.

Yours in love,
Terry

And now for an update on the Shark:

His hand is still cut. He didn't play in the opening game of today's double header. Also, he is flooding the DC metropolitan area, to make his work environment a little more like his home life. Nationals Park's center field will literally be an ocean when the Shark gets back out there.

Unfortunately, rain means canceled games...which is totally lame if you had tickets to yesterday's game and were jerked around by Bill Ladson's tweets... First the game was unofficially called, then unofficially on, then when we get off the Metro, it is officially called! What the Sh**k?!? Come on!! Speed Racer is not a good nickname (in case anyone thought suddenly that "Speed Racer" was a worthwhile addition to society)! It's terrible! You betrayed my trust, Bill!

The next game Tyler and I (and 4 other Shark fans) will be at a game, which we will get there via lifeboat, will be next Friday, September 16th. Keep an eye out for us!

Dear Davey Johnson,

Make sure that you start the Shark. Then we will be happy. Like this:

Yours forever and always,
Terry

More to come.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Shark Sliced

ALRIGHT METS, WHO WAS IT?!?!

Who jammed a sharktonite tainted razor blade into second base yesterday, knowing that the Shark would slice his hand on it while sliding into the bag?!

I know it was you, Jason Isringhausen!  OR MAYBE IT WAS YOU JUSTIN TURNER!  Why does he hate sharks so much.  He's such a fishist.  Willie Harris...?  You lost your job fair and square last year.  Everyone prefers the Shark to you, pal!  Josh Satin, I don't know who you are, and I absolutely don't trust you.  DANIEL HERRERA, you have a sick and twisted mind.  You filthy animal!

Whoever it was, (I'm looking at you, Lucas DUDA) the Shark is now sidelined for a week to recover from the injury.  He isn't sidelined from seeking his revenge on every person of the Mets organization, which he will do until he plays ball again.

Tyler and I are going to the game tomorrow (can't believe we just missed Strasburg) so keep an eye out for the hoods.  We'll cheer for the Shark, regardless of the fact that he isn't playing.

I WANT TO MAKE A SIGN!

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More to come.

Friday, September 2, 2011

De Haii is terug!

Hello Loyal Shark Fans!

We've waited a long time, but the time if finally here! SHARK IS BACK IN ACTION IN DC.  Sharkadina is happy to report that we have confirmed Roger Bernadina's call-up from Triple-A Syracuse back to the Major League Washington Nationals. The news broke last night when Roger Bernadina wrote "De haai is terug!" on Facebook.  It was easy for us to translate since we know how to say "Shark" in every language.  He wrote: "The Shark is Back!"

It is not a coincidence that this is happening just days before Stephen Strasburg's first start in DC this year.  Apparently, after Strasburg's Aug. 27 start for Syracuse in which Bernadina blasted a lead off home run in the 1st (video with announcers calling him the Shark coming soon) and followed up with a RBI double in the 6th, Strasburg told Nats GM Mike Rizzo: "I will never pitch in DC again unless The Shark is in the line-up."  The Nationals management scrambled to backtrack on their previous mistreatment of Bernadina and made sure to promote him before Starsburg's first major league start this year.

I expect the Strasburg/Shark combo to prove deadly for many teams including the Dodgers next Tuesday night at Nats Park.

GET READY FOR SHARKTEMBER.

More to come.