January 21, 2019

NATS: “Shark Week” is all season in DC

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!

Roger Bernadina (aka “Shark”) (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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’s (aka “Shark”) fans (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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 chatting with his friends from Sharkadina.com at Nats Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Shark’s teammates have even gotten onboard with his nickname.

Ian Desmond making chomp motions for The Shark (Roger Bernadina) – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, August 5, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

After Bernadina recently made his amazing game ending catch in Houston, Michael Morse was caught on camera making the shark chomp motion with his arms and Ian Desmond tweeted.

Michael Morse making shark chomp motion (Screen capture cited in Washington Post)

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!

Nats “Rubber Chicken Man” is also a Shark Fan! (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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.

About Cheryl Nichols

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 since 2006. Cheryl 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.

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