April 2nd, 2020 is a big day for Nationals fans everywhere.
It's the home opener against the Mets, players will get their World Series rings and the fans will be able to watch the Nats hang the first championship banner in franchise history.
How could a day like that get any better? Maybe if Gerardo Parra, better known as "Baby Shark," threw out the first pitch. Luckily enough, Parra is most definitely down.
"I want to throw the first pitch," Parra said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington. "I'm working, but it's not in my hands. I want to talk to the Japan team, but like I say, I don't want to say no because you never know."
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Right after the World Series ended, Parra said he received an offer from the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He ultimately signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $3 million vesting option for 2021. His options to come back and play in the MLB were slim.
Parra galvanized an entire locker room and fan base during the Nationals' improbable run to a World Series title. He added a level of weird to the team that hadn't been present before, so much so that there are actual videos of Stephen Strasburg dancing with Parra in the clubhouse.
He only spent a short time in DC, but Parra quickly became a Nationals legend among the fans. Hopefully, we'll be able to see him throw the first pitch before he embarks on a career overseas.
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