As the Nationals embark on their World Series title defense in 2020, they’ll be doing so without a few contributors of their championship run.

Anthony Rendon is the most obvious name that will be tossed around as leaving a hole in Washington’s roster, but journeyman outfielder Gerardo Parra will also be missed as an injection of energy both for the team and its fans. And with the departure of Parra to Japan, his walkup song “Baby Shark” may be leaving with him.

For shortstop Trea Turner, the lack of shark chomps across the park won’t be missed all that much.

“I’ve heard it many a times, I don’t need to hear it again,” Turner told the Nationals Talk podcast’s Todd Dybas and Tim Shovers at the team’s annual WinterFest event over the weekend.

“But I’m all for energy in the stadium and every time that song came on everybody went nuts and I think it’s fun to be to be a part of. When 35-40,000 people are getting into something, getting behind something, I think that’s awesome.”

That doesn’t mean Turner wants to get rid of it entirely, though.

“I don’t know if the song per say needs to be played but Baby Shark T-shirts and stuff are fine with me.”

Some fans might call Turner a downer, but it’s certainly a different experience for players who are at the stadium every night than it is for most fans who only go to at most a few games a year.


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