Updated 8/14/12: Roger Bernadina’s single in the 9th inning on Monday night in San Francisco, was the Nationals’ 21st hit of the game and established a new single-game mark for most hits in AT&T’s Park 1032 game history!
It may be “Shark Week” this week, however, Washington Nationals fans believe it is SHARK SEASON at Nationals Park in Washington, DC because of Outfielder Roger Bernadina!
If you’ve been to a Nats game and saw fans wearing shark fins on their heads or making a shark chomp motion with their arms when Bernadina steps up the plate and wondered what in the world was going on, now is the time to get up to speed.
Roger Bernadina was nicknamed “The Shark” by Nationals fans Terry and Tyler almost two years ago because of the, “way he hunts down fly balls in the outfield like a Shark hunts his prey.” Roger loved it. It took a while, but even beat reporters started to call him The Shark. Terry and Tyler provide fun photos and lots of additional information on their Sharkadina blog. Check it out and get your shark hat before the playoffs!
The Shark’s teammates have even gotten onboard with his nickname.
In case you missed the catch, check out the video.
Enjoy Shark Week on Discovery Channel, but enjoy “The Shark” all season long at Nationals Park!
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.