WASHINGTON -- It may have only been the 37th game of the season for the Marlins, but if you missed it make sure you catch the replay or the highlights at the very least.
A wild, back-and-forth tussle between the Fish and Nationals finally came to an end after 11 innings Friday, but only after Omar Infante scored on a slide to remember, avoiding a tag from Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos when he should have been out by a mile at the plate.
How exciting was that slide? As reporters walked into the clubhouse after the game, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez couldn't contain himself re-enacting the play for Infante in front of his locker for several moments.
"The most impressive part of that slide was that they were waiting for him.," Rodriguez said moments later. "It was the way he avoided the tag. It wasn't like he went over his glove. The whole body went over and then he reached for home plate. It wasn't like he avoided the tag and home plate was waiting for him. He avoided the whole tag and then he reached for home plate. That was hell of a body control there."
Infante showed reporters what he actually touched the plate with. "These three fingers, that's it," Infante said pointing to the tips of his fingers. "I see that play on ESPN, a couple of guys do that. I pulled the hand [back] when he [went] to touch me, That's the only opportunity I had [to be] safe."
Greg Dobbs, who doubled home Infante, thought for sure Infante was going to be out from his perspective.
"[Right fielder Jayson] Werth played the ball perfectly," Dobbs said. "I watched the whole thing develop. I watched him pick it up, play the kick, bare-handed it, turned, fired in to the cut-off man, which he's very good at doing, one of the best right fielders in the game. Omar did a great job, made a great jump, made great turns and finished it off with a great slide."
Of course, Roger Bernadina had a pretty big play too. His tumbling, highlight reel catch in the fifth inning to rob Mike Stanton of a two-run double might have been the best defensive play made in the majors all season.
"We absolutely couldn't believe it," Dobbs said of Bernadina's slide. "I wish I had an ounce of his athleticism. He's special. It was an amazing catch, especially the ball being hit so hard off Stanton's bat. You know those balls are going to carry because he gets good back spin. Bernandina never gave up on it."