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'We will reign again': Try not to roll your eyes too hard at this Bryce Harper speech

'We will reign again': Try not to roll your eyes too hard at this Bryce Harper speech

There's a good chance Nationals fans would classify this one as a clown speech, bro.

Prior to the Phillies Sunday afternoon game against the Miami Marlins, Bryce Harper graced the Philadelphia faithful with this message.

"I know it didn't go as planned," Harper said, and he's right. After the offseason acquisitions of former NL MVP Award winners Harper and Andrew McCutchen to its outfield, as well as catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura, many experts selected the Phillies to make some noise in the postseason, not miss it completely. 

On the bright side, Harper did promise to "bring a title back to D.C.," during his Phillies introductory press conference, and after the Nationals defeated Philadelphia last Tuesday to clinch a playoff birth, he's certainly upheld his end of the bargain. 

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Gerardo Parra brings back 'Baby Shark' gesture to celebrate base hits in Japan

Gerardo Parra brings back 'Baby Shark' gesture to celebrate base hits in Japan

Gerardo Parra may no longer be playing for the Nationals, but that hasn’t stopped him from carrying on the “Baby Shark” legacy.

The veteran outfielder is now a member of the Japanese Nippon Baseball League’s Yomiuri Giants, who kicked off their preseason schedule last weekend. Facing the Chunichi Dragons on Tuesday, Parra roped a single up the middle and celebrated the hit with a finger shark to his teammates in the dugout.

Parra hasn’t ditched his signature walk-up song, either. When he stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat, “Baby Shark” rang through the speakers as fans chomped away. He responded by hitting a double down the leftfield line, which generated some shark claps from his teammates as well.

Of course, a double calls for a two-handed shark from Parra at second base.

Parra then scored on a triple off the bat of teammate Israel Mota, who didn’t hesitate to turn around and go full two-armed shark from third.

This is only the preseason, folks. It appears Parra Shark is here to stay, making this just the beginning of his rise to international fame.

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LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over Astros cheating scandal

LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over Astros cheating scandal

The Astros cheating scandal has gotten so big, LeBron James is chiming in with his take on how Major League Baseball has handled the situation. 

In consecutive tweets on Tuesday, James called out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, telling him to listen to his increasingly frustrated players. 

Following the league's investigation into the Astros' sign-stealing scheme from 2017, the Astros were fined $5 million and stripped of their first and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 draft.

General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were also suspended from baseball for a year and subsequentially fired for their roles in the scheme. However, no Astros players were punished, inciting plenty of frustration and anger around the league. 

Nick Markakis said every Astros player, 'deserves a beating,' Howie Kendrick called out Manfred's handling of the situation and that's just to name the most recent cases. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are some of the biggest names to voice their displeasure with the Astros and Major League's Baseball's shortcomings in the aftermath of the investigation. 

James is one of the most famous players in the world, no matter the sport, and is one of the more pro-player advocates in professional sports today. It's not surprising James is siding with the players on this one, but it shows just how big this Astros mess has become. 

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