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Gerardo Parra visits Children's Hospital, signs 'Baby Shark' gear

Gerardo Parra visits Children's Hospital, signs 'Baby Shark' gear

With Game 1 of the World Series set for Houston on Tuesday, the Nationals had limited free time in the District.

But that didn't stop Gerardo Parra on using his last free day to visit pediatric cancer patients with his wife, Tania, and the Nats mascot, Screech, at Children's National Hospital.

Parra and company handed out, what else, plush Baby Sharks to the patients, a nod to Parra's new walk-up song and Nats fans new anthem that has provided plenty of shark-clapping in arenas across DC and has even made its way to a local orchestra

"Any time we have a chance to come here, I wanna come," Parra said of the visit. "I think the more important (thing) is the Baby Shark bring a lot of smile to the kids. So when I come here today, we see everybody when taking the Baby Shark happy, like smiling, dance to the Baby Shark, that's the point."

Parra also handed out "Stay in the Fight" t-shirts to parents and kids, an ode to the Nats' slogan throughout their playoff run.

Clearly, there will be some Baby Shark chomping action coming from Children's Hospital this World Series.

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Gerardo Parra signs with Japan's Giants, ending short-lived yet sensational career in Washington

Gerardo Parra signs with Japan's Giants, ending short-lived yet sensational career in Washington

Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra has signed with Japan's Yomiuri Giants, ending his short-lived yet sensational career in Washington, MLB Trade Rumors reported early Wednesday.

Parra, known for his allegiance to "Baby Shark" became the catalyst for good mojo in the Nats' clubhouse. "Baby Shark" became the unofficial anthem of the Nationals' first-ever World Series championship thanks to Parra declaring it his walkup song in June to please his two-year-old daughter. "Baby Shark" quickly took hold and transformed D.C. into a shark frenzy.

"What he's done in that clubhouse has really changed the way these guys go about their business. I mean, it was business. There wasn't a whole lot of -- he made it fun for this team," Nationals manager Davey Martinez said to NBC Sports Washington in October.

"Those guys up there, every one of his teammates love him, love him. All the fans love him. He's just that guy. He's the Parra Shark."

Parra also spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants before being picked up by the Nats in early May.

Farewell, Parra Shark.

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Report: Stephen Strasburg could re-sign with Nationals before Winter Meetings

Report: Stephen Strasburg could re-sign with Nationals before Winter Meetings

The last time Nationals fans saw Stephen Strasburg, he was standing on a stage in Washington D.C. being forced into a group hug by several teammates.

Now a free agent after opting out of the remaining four years of the extension he signed in 2016, Strasburg has put himself in a position to sign with any team he pleases ahead of next season.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s headed out of the District. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported Monday that he thinks Strasburg could ink a deal with Washington before the Winter Meetings begin Dec. 8.

This would be a far cry from the trend demonstrated over the last two offseasons, when the biggest names waited until Spring Training to sign mega-deals—some even waiting well into the season.

"A lot of teams want Cole. A lot of teams want Rendon. I think these two guys may move faster because they're not going to have to manufacture markets for them,” Feinsand said on MLB Network. “These guys are in demand. It's going to be a matter of who's willing to give them the most money, but I don't think these two players are going to be the ones who are going into deep February [unsigned]."

The Nationals certainly have the payroll flexibility to sign such a deal after Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman’s significant salaries all came off the books. Signing Strasburg early would also suit Washington well, giving it the chance to modify its approach to addressing other needs accordingly while most of the other free agents are still on the market.

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