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Soto was excited to get his first career walk-off in front of fans

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Juan Soto went 1-for-5 to start his 2021 season, but he knew how to make the one hit count.

With two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Nats' young superstar stepped to the plate and worked the count to 3-0. And considering he is probably the best left-handed hitter on the planet, Soto had the greenest of green lights with that count.

He got a pitch he could hit, and a few seconds later the Nationals had their first win on the season.

After the game, Soto was thrilled with giving his team the win, the first time he's gotten to walk it off in his young career.

"It’s crazy how good it feels. I think that was my first walk-off in the big leagues, just amazing," Soto told reporters postgame. "For me it just feels great to be there and get the job done."

If his first few seasons are any indication, it probably won't be Soto's last career walk-off.

For the outfielder, it wasn't just about the big hit. It was also about being able to achieve this first MLB milestone in front of actual, in-person fans for the first time in too long.

"It’s just great, it feels amazing," Soto said about having fans back inside Nationals Park. "Can’t even believe the late innings, with the noise and the crowd just made my heart going a little bit quicker. But it feels nice to feel that and to be back on the field with the fans and everything. It’s just an amazing feeling to play in front of a bunch of people that are cheering for you. It’s just a great feeling."