By now, you’ve no doubt seen Roger Bernadina’s absurd 12th inning catch from Tuesday night, a catch that clinched the Nats’ fourth straight win, sent them 24 games over .500 for the first time, and sparked a wave of amazement.
“HE MADE THE CATCH! HE DID IT!” Dave Jageler
Charlie Slowes said.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” F.P. Santangelo said.
“You’ve just seen the greatest catch in Roger Bernadina’s career, and maybe — maybe — the best outfield play in the young history of this ballclub,” Bob Carpenter said.
“Arguably the best game-ending catch you will see this year,” Buster Olney tweeted.
“That’s why otherwise sensible people (on vacation) stay up after midnight to watch pennant race baseball,” Boz tweeted.
“My blood pressure!” one Nat said in the clubhouse after the game.
Indeed, the players were in on the excitement, too. If the above video of Bernadina robbing Brett Wallac isn’t evidence enough, I’ve highlighted the top five Nats teammate reactions, below.
Here’s Tyler Clippard, who had the most to lose if Bernadina didn’t come up with the ball. Heck, that could have ended up as a game-ending walk-off double, or whatever. Clippard seemed happy with the alternative.
Here’s Jayson Werth. His legs may be tired, but his hugging arms are still in mid-season form. This was a long, full-on, bear hug, delivered by MLB’s most bear-like player.
Here’s Craig Stammen, in the bullpen, peering intently, and then jumping up and down like a toddler at the spray park. He was, pretty clearly, the best supporting actor in this film.
“He caught it,” Stammen said. “And I was like, ‘OK, is he dead or alive?’ ”
And here, awesomely, is Michael Morse, making shark motions with his arms. That’s the part that really made me smile. Plus Ian Desmond’s tweet, below.
(Note: An earlier version of this item suggested Wallace’s hit could have been a walk-off homer. I forgot there were two men on base. My bad. It’s been fixed.)
Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaark!!!!!!!!!— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) August 8, 2012