WASHINGTON - Before the Nationals' Wild Card win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, Juan Soto ate his favorite dish --pastelón de plátano maduro -- prepared specially for him a few days earlier.
That was the only difference between that game, the first postseason game of his young career, and a regular season game.
Apparently, the dish also has the side effect of inducing clutch hits. It was Soto's bat that came in big for the Nationals and completed their eighth-inning rally to gain the lead for the first time all game -- a single to right field (and fielding error) with the bases loaded and Washington down 3-1-- flipping the score in the Nationals' favor 4-3.
After the game, Soto's family took to the field to congratulate him.
"It's amazing for me," Soto said about having his family in town. "[Having] those guys, a lot of times in minor leagues they never get, they [can't] get there. But now we're here and win this game for them is amazing."
The amount of pride Soto's family has in him is evident, in particular in this video of Soto's dad tackling him postgame.
"They give me the love I need," Soto said. "If I''m good, if I'm bad, they always been right there for me. They are everything."
It's unlikely Soto's family will travel to Los Angeles as the Nationals take on the Dodgers in the NLDS, as Soto explained that his mom has to go back to work in the Dominican Republic.
Let's hope she at least made him enough pastelón de plátano maduro to last the rest of October.
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