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Sorry Nats fans, you can't buy the exact same sunglasses as Gerardo Parra and Aníbal Sánchez

Sorry Nats fans, you can't buy the exact same sunglasses as Gerardo Parra and Aníbal Sánchez

Gerardo Parra first broke out his rose-tinted sunglasses in the middle of July, at a time when the Washington Nationals were still hovering around .500 after their seemingly disastrous 19-31 start to the season. 

Then Aníbal Sánchez joined in with some yellow-tinted glasses and the fun-loving pair, and the Nationals, began to garner more and more attention from fans.

Both were signed by the Nationals as free agents: Sánchez in December 2018, and Parra in early May of this year. 

While they've each proven smart pickups -- just look at Sánchez' near no-hitter in the NLCS Game 1 -- it's their uplifting attitude that has really helped get the Nationals to where they are: their first franchise World Series. 

After the craze surrounding Parra's "Baby Shark" walkup song, fans are now searching where to find glasses to match the two fan favorites.

When googling Parra, the fourth-most-googled phrase is "Gerardo Parra sunglasses." The same can be said for Sánchez. 

Alas, from the photos online, Parra and Sánchez's sunglasses are made by the Pepsi-run sparkling water brand bubly, meaning they're likely a promotional item not available to the general public. 

There are similar glasses online, however. A Reddit thread was created in August to help Nationals fans find similar glasses, and some lookalikes pop up in the Google search "bubly sunglasses." 

So, while you can't rock the exact same glasses, there are still options for joining in the fun!

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Blues Streak: Nationals continue postseason success in blue jerseys

Blues Streak: Nationals continue postseason success in blue jerseys

Superstitions run rampant in baseball -- the same can be said for the Nationals, whether they care to admit it or not. 

Washington is now 7-0 in the postseason when wearing their navy blue jerseys. The Nationals have worn the blue threads in every game since Game 4 of the NLDS, and they've won all six of those games, including their four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals to win the National League title and secure their spot in the World Series.

Back toward the beginning of the season, Nationals skipper Davey Martinez joked, "I'm not superstitious, I'm just a little stitious," a line from the popular TV show The Office. 

The only postseason victory the Nationals haven't worn their navy blues for this year is the Wild Card win over the Brewers -- that night, their clean all-whites did the trick. (Even after Martinez "screwed up" and accidentally trimmed his 'playoff beard' a little too much).

Baseball, arguably more than other team sports, is known for its superstitions. Because the season is so long, and because so much of the sport (especially for pitchers) revolves around maintaining a routine, it makes sense that those superstitions develop.

Traditionally, superstitions have been associated with baseball since the start of the 20th Century; a 1938 article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin cited a major-league manager as having repeatedly claimed "luck is one-third of baseball." Whether the Nationals' success is due to the blue jerseys or whether it comes from the team's attitude and capabilities on the field, the fact remains that there's a correlation between which jersey they wear and whether or not they win. 

Now the Nationals have a six-day break before the World Series starts on Tuesday, which gives them plenty of time to wash (or not) the navy blues. 

It is unlikely the Nationals risk breaking their streak by wearing a different jersey for the World Series, if they can help it. If not, maybe the power of Baby Shark will make up for the lack of blue jerseys. 

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Davey Martinez, Nats brought NLCS celebration to Navy Yard bar

Davey Martinez, Nats brought NLCS celebration to Navy Yard bar

Not too long after the Nationals swept the National League Championship Series and secured a spot in the World Series on Tuesday, Davey Martinez crossed the street to a Navy Yard bar — The Salt Line — trophy in hand. 

He entered the bar to a hero's welcome, a barrage of hugs and a "Davey" cheer — a stark difference from fans' reactions at the beginning of the season, when some D.C. sports fans wanted the then-19-31 Nationals manager fired. 

From the very few posts on social media so far, we know MASN broadcaster F.P. Santangelo led a "N-A-T-S, Nats Nats Nats" cheer, while standing on the bar with a drink in one hand and a broom in the other. 

Oh, and Dan Kolko was also there, as were Ryan Zimmerman and his wife Heather, according to Kolko's post on Instagram. 

It's fair to say the Nationals and everyone associated with the team are riding high heading into their six days off before Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 22. 

The Nats sure learned a thing or two from the Capitals about enjoying all their victories. 

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