Originally posted on The Nats Blog old  |  Last updated 11/9/11

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.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Deadly shooting breaks out at Dublin boxing weigh-in

Mike Shula vs. Wade Phillips: The best story of Super Bowl 50

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LeBron: ‘I don’t really see a problem’ with Hack-a-Shaq

Report: Asking price 'too steep' for Howard trade to Celtics

Ex-teammate: 'Fair to assume' Lynch done with Seahawks

Steve Young: ‘I’m worried about Matthew’ Stafford

Report: Clippers, Nuggets have discussed Blake Griffin trade

Report: Louisville basketball implements postseason ban

‘Crying Jordan’ photographer had no idea it existed until this week

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in the NHL playoff hunt

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

‘Actor’ Todd Gurley wants to make ‘billions’

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

David Price donates $300K to build field for special needs kids

J.R. Smith pulls a Marshawn on 3-point contest slight

Tom Brady has clock counting down to Super Bowl LI

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The Jaguars and NFL’s permanent calling in London

John Scott’s NHL All-Star Game Odyssey: Now in storybook form

Bazed but not confused: Why Bazemore is in for a payday

Tyrann Mathieu offers to help Johnny Manziel

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Johnny Manziel dropped by agent

Michael Irvin: Cowboys should save Manziel

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

The merits of trading Blake Griffin to the Hornets

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

Could the Marlins contend in 2016?

Report: Browns to cut Manziel in March

Browns rip Manziel in statement

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker