Gerardo Parra, known for his walkup song "Baby Shark" and aiding in the Nationals' turnaround en route to World Series victory, wants to stay in Washington, D.C.
The outfielder explained how the "Baby Shark" phenomenon got its start and spoke briefly about joining the Nationals back in May and his free agency moving forward when he appeared on CBS This Morning on Wednesday.
As many fans know, Parra's inspiration for the walkup song switch came from his 2-year-old daughter Aaliyah Victoria, who was "playing [the song] like 20 times before we go to the stadium" back in July (when Parra was 0-for-23). When Parra went to ask for his walkup to be change, he went through his phone and "Baby Shark" started three times, so "the last time [he said] 'That's the song.'"
"That's what I hear," Parra said. "But I think that more important for my team is that we start in the clubhouse, we dance in the clubhouse..."
When he first joined the Nationals in early May, Parra said he was taken by the "great team" he joined. But after a loss, when he came into the clubhouse all his teammates were gone.
"I say, from now on we have to enjoy," Parra said. "When I see everybody like family, just one team, not 25 men...we started [to] win. Even the last 100 games we won 75."
So, the sunglasses came onto the scene sometime in mid-to late-May, dugout dances commenced and "Baby Shark" took Nationals Park by storm. And fans, young and old alike, became enthralled with the Nationals' new unofficial "anthem."
"All the kids coming to the stadium waiting for that son, enjoy the game and bring the good vibe for my team," Parra said.
Those good vibes and that happiness are two things Parra wants to keep in D.C. Whether that's staying a few days or a few years, Parra wants to don the Nationals' uniforms yet again and continue the "Baby Shark" legacy.
"For sure," Parra said when asked whether he wants to stay in Washington, and whether "Baby Shark" would return. "I never change because right now the "Baby Shark" for me is inside my heart, because [it] give me the opportunity to the World Series Championship. But I think the more important is that every kid is happy, so that's the more important for 'Baby Shark"'for me."
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