In this installment of the Best Moments of the Washington Nationals 2011 season, we'll remember center fielder Roger Bernadina’s unbelievable catch he hauled in May 13 against the Florida Marlins.
Personally, I will always remember this catch because it happened one of the first games I ever watched from the Washington Nationals press box. I had always wanted credentials for the blog, and that first week of games that I was able to attend on blogger row will be something I will never forget.
The hardest adjustment to make when going from a fan in the stands to a reporter in the booth is that you are not allowed to cheer in the press box. Countless times that week I had to sit on my hands as the Nats completed late inning rallies, or when Washington starters got crucial strikeouts. I will always remember, however, that Bernadina’s catch, as seen in the video above, was the first moment that I saw everyone in the press box stand up in amazement. Professionalism be damned, that was a catch that turned even the most jaded reporters into boys again.
Perhaps the best part of this catch, which made it the third best moment in the Nats season, was the unbelievable string of emotions it brought out in those who watched it live. My first instinct when Mike Stanton made contact with the ball was terror. Mike Stanton had been crushing the ball that series and the Marlins had two runners on in a tied 5-5 game. Then, as I saw Bernadina’s ridiculous route to the ball, I became incensed. Bernadina can run like the wind, but man, that guy reads fly balls at a third-grade level. Then, his unbelievable athleticism, and the will to sacrafice his body, and yes, probably a lot of luck, helped him haul in the ball.
It was like the Willie Mays catch, on steroids. Sure the gravity of the situation was less, but with his back to the plate he made a fully extended snow cone layout heave to catch the ball. It’s a play I’ll tell my grand kids about someday.
Check out the No. 5, and No. 4 Moments of the 2011 season.
Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos strikes out against the New York Mets during the second inning at Nationals Park in Washington on September 4, 2011. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Shocking. Just simply shocking news: Wilson Ramos reportedly kidnapped in Venezuela?
From Amanda Comak/Washington Times:
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Valencia...
The horror of Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos' kidnapping has sadly not yet been resolved today, but a few more details have emerged this morning. We will again attempt to keep this post updated throughout the day as new developments are reported.
Venezuelan Minister of Interior Justice Tareck El Aissami has reported that the vehicle that Ramos was taken away in has been...
Venezuelan authorities said Friday they are confident they can quickly solve the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos.
The abduction on Wednesday was the first known kidnapping of a major leaguer in a country that has scores of players on big league rosters, and it has brought a renewed focus on rising violent crime in Venezuela.
Deputy Justice Minister Edwin...
The Nationals have expressed interest in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Wada, 30, is eligible for free agency and appears to be eyeing MLB.
Wada posted a 1.51 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 184 2/3 innings for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2011. Washington has scouted Wada quite a bit, according to Ladson, and the Dodgers also appear...
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Officials said Thursday they have found the vehicle used by armed men who abducted Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, a case that highlights a sharp rise in kidnappings in Venezuela.
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