A Shark Attackle 4 U
Following another stellar pitching performance, the Nationals are off to a 2-0 start for the second straight season. And while Gio Gonzalez’s sparkling outing and solo home run stole the headlines, there was another play in Wednesday night’s game that requires a bit more examination.
Danny Espinosa stood at third base with Roger Bernadina at first (having pinch-run, following a Chad Tracy walk) with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Denard Span was at the plate, and pulled a ball slowly towards Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano. The fielder and ball converged directly in the base path, just as Bernadina arrived en route to second base. Solano was able to make the tag, but the two collided, with Espinosa scoring from third before the throw could be made to first base.
In the moment, we described the play as a “fielder’s chomp,” as Bernadina was tagged out, but the action allowed Span to reach first safely. On the air, F.P. Santangelo called it a “shark attack” on the air, and while that’s good, we’ve used it before for some of Bernadina’s feats.
#Nats tack on a run on a fielder’s chomp by Span/Bernadina. Shark tagged out, Espinosa scores, Span safe at first
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 4, 2013
And so, as with anything Bernadina-related, we’re deferring to the folks at Sharkadina for the final call. They took “shark attack” to the next level, combining it with “tackle,” which is exactly what happened. And, as a bonus, the unassisted putout by the second baseman is scored 4U in baseball.
So there you have it. A Shark Attackle 4 U.
Now, here’s the fun part. Take the screenshot below and use your glorious Photoshop skills to replace Solano with whatever you think The Shark should be chomping. Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post our favorites!
TOP 3 FAN SUBMISSIONS
From @zachlwood: Dinner Is Served
From @ambp77: RGIII Approves
From @FakeFP: Shark On Waterskis