Baseball's viral sensation Gerardo Parra, of World Series and "Baby Shark" fame, signed with Japan's Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday.
Parra will always be remembered by Washington and baseball fans alike for his cheery personality, but more importantly for the phenomenon he started at Nationals Park during the Nats' 2019 campaign and subsequent World Series victory.
It started back in June, when Parra first changed his walkup song to "Baby Shark." After that, it only grew.
By the end of July, Nationals Park had gotten the hint and the path to the eventual World Series premiere of "Baby Shark" had begun.
🦈 🤣— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 24, 2019
Nationals Park was absolutely loving Gerardo Parra’s “Baby Shark” walkup song.pic.twitter.com/2mMXtdRyEy
Here's a video from just two days later, when Parra stepped in to pinch-hit.
SOUND OF THE NIGHT:— Jonathan Banks (@jonathanbanks8_) July 27, 2019
Two runners on. No outs. Gerardo Parra comes up and Nationals Park is LOUD.
People in D.C. love “Baby Shark” more than anyone I’ve ever seen.
Just look how much the crowd enjoys it. pic.twitter.com/DlN34q12e1
Then, after Parra had a clutch grand slam on Sept. 28, which helped the Nationals secure the home-field advantage in the NL Wild Card, Washington finally made it to the NLCS and "Baby Shark" took over Nationals Park in the first divisional championship series game at the satdium.
Nationals Park waited for that Baby Shark all season pic.twitter.com/thGHU3ene0— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) October 16, 2019
Here's another angle from Game 3 of the NLCS. The sound of the shark chomps is deafening in this video from the same night.
And finally, the moment we all hoped would come: "Baby Shark" takes on the World Series.
Here’s what the first World Series “Baby Shark” at Nationals Park looks like pic.twitter.com/iyowF5x2rE— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) October 26, 2019
And, finally, the last "Baby Shark" in Nationals Park, possibly ever, at the Game 7 watch party.
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