Sunday, April 15, 2012

Friday the Sharkteenth Recap

On Friday, Tyler and I made our first appearance together at Nats park of 2012.  It was a jawsome game.  The Shark started the game against Bronson Arroyo, and played all 13 innings of the dramatic 2-1 Nationals victory.  We stuck through the whole game and were rewarded with a lot of fun, in addition to a whole army of new Shark supporters.

We left Imagination Stage after work at 5pm with our new sign (as promised) and headed to the ballpark.  We sharked up (meaning we put our hoods on) outside the stadium, started our sharkitude propaganda campaign, and went into the stadium. 

Sharkadina 2012
We were there in plenty of time to get the free Ignite Your Natitude t-shirt give away, and even got a somewhat appropriate size (compared to every other useless XL Nats shirt we have).  We grabbed some food and beer, and did our traditional lap around the stadium.  Then as the players were introduced, we went down to our seats.  We were 8 rows from the field in the right field corner, great seats for yelling to the Shark, and great seats for having our sign seen by many behind us.  We were even sitting behind another Bernadina fan (which proves we aren't the only ones).

Before the game, we went down and shook hands with the Shark, which has led to successful games by the Shark in the past.  He said he was doing well and it was clear that he was ready to Ignite his Sharkitude.

The game turned out to be a pitchers duel with Jordan Zimmermann and Bronson Arroyo trading zeros.  The Reds broke through with a sac fly by Arroyo and the Nats answered back a few innings later with a solo shot by Xavier Nady.  The Shark contributed a double in the 5th inning.  Later, in the ninth inning, Sharkadina had a relative breakthrough.  The Shark was batting with two on and two out in a tie game at the bottom of the inning when Tyler and I appeared on MASN.  We were alerted to this by several Twitter followers (thanks @all).  Tyler recorded the game and took this video of our appearance (very famous):

Unfortunately, the pitcher managed to strike the Shark out (by Goblincinerating, no doubt) and the game went into extras.  In the 12th, the Shark came up again, and Sharkadina again appeared on MASN:

You will notice this time that announcer FP Santangelo acknowledged Bernadina as the Shark and talked about our fan following.  It is our biggest breakthrough since the Washington Post article!  During this at bat, the Shark walked, stole a base, but was thrown out at third on a wild play that neither hurt nor benefited the Nats.  The game continued until Jayson Werth finished the game with a walk off single in the 13th (very fitting for Friday the Sharkteenth).

It's hard to find anything to complain about the game.  It was a really good game for Sharkadina and the Shark did have a good final line 1-4, with a SB.  Most importantly, the Nats won the game.

The Nats continued their strong play through Saturday, beating the Reds 4-1 for their fifth straight win. ricK anKiel was called up for Saturday's game, which meant that Brett Carroll (and not the Shark) was designated for assignment.  The Shark got the day off, with AnKiel starting in center and going 0-4).  The Shark didn't start on Sunday, either, but came in as a pinch hitter for Ross Detwiler, walked again, and scored a run.  At the time of this post, the Nationals and the Reds are tied 5-5.

We will be back in the park on Monday and with a right handed pitcher starting for the Houston Astros, it would be jawsome to see the Shark starting in left field, on the same side as our seats.

More to come.


  1. HAHA MASN cough cough Orioles Network says you're welcome xD jk thats awesome! i saw that live!