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As the Nationals take on the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLCS, Washington has a chance to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. It will also be the first NLCS game hosted in D.C.

Yet, even with all that excitement, one of the best moments on Monday came before the first inning.

Parker Staples, a young cancer patient and Nationals fan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the ballpark. On the receiving end was actor and pro wrestler Dave Bautista.

If that name sounds familiar, it's because Staples and the Nats already share an awesome connection.

Back on May 24 of this season, Staples threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation. Staples not only got to stand out the mount and toss a ball to home plate, but he also spent time greeting and talking to some of his favorite players.

Leaving a lasting impression on the Nationals, Staples may have something to do with the Nationals turnaround that got them to the NLCS. On that day, Washington picked up a win over the Marlins to put its record at 20-31. From that moment, the team went 63-38 to finish the regular season.

A brave, young Nationals fan who doubles as a good luck charm. Can't think of anyone better to throw out the first pitch for the most important game of the season.

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