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We may have witnessed the birth of a new movement for the defending World Series champions. 

The air trumpet. 

During a monster game in which he went 3-for-4 with four RBI, Victor Robles broke the trumpet out first when he reached second base on an RBI double in the second inning. After the game, he wore a shirt with a trumpet on it and confirmed that the trumpet would be this year's team celebration, replacing the legendary "Baby Shark" chomp from last year. 

Robles credited Emilio Bonifacio for the idea, an 11-year vet who's now the de facto chemistry guru for the 2020 Nationals. Last year, Gerardo Parra obviously held that title and turned his walkup song, "Baby Shark" into a city's rallying cry during an unforgettable run to a World Series title. 

Apparently Bonifacio has a history of playing trumpet, but he unfortunately did not bring the instrument to the game Saturday. However, Robles said Bonifacio would bring it on Sunday for the Nats' third and final game of their opening series against the Yankees. 

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We saw hints of a new team celebration during the Nationals' preseason scrimmages. Though most of us thought they were playing the flute and the new song might be "Hot Cross Buns."

 

It'll certainly be difficult to say goodbye to "Baby Shark." I mean, it's on the team's World Series rings. But with Parra playing in Japan and 2020 bringing a new season and different challenges for this team, it was probably time to shake things up. 

So get ready for more air trumpets, and hopefully some actual trumpet play from Bonifacio inside the dugout from time to time. They just need someone to pick a walkup song to go with it. 

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