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Trumpets are in and 'Baby Shark' is out for the 2020 Nationals

Trumpets are in and 'Baby Shark' is out for the 2020 Nationals

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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Gerardo Parra keeps 'Baby Shark' alive in debut with Tokyo Giants

Gerardo Parra keeps 'Baby Shark' alive in debut with Tokyo Giants

As the Nationals wait to officially defend their World Series title in a presumably shorter 2020 season, one of the faces of the 2019 team made his debut in Japan. 

Gerardo Parra appeared in his first game with the Tokyo Giants Friday, going 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout. More importantly, his walk-up song is still "Baby Shark."

The Giants ended up winning the game 3-2 and Parra posted a celebratory Instagram after holding the ball he recorded his first hit with.

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🦈🙏the first of many🇯🇵🦈

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The Nats will most likely miss Parra's presence in the clubhouse and fans almost certainly will miss the different feel he brought to the team day in and day out. But if Parra is going to play somewhere else, it may as well be on a team that likes to have fun.

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Judging by one postgame video, the Giants look like a good time. 

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Gerardo Parra 'overwhelmed' by 'Baby Shark' tribute on Nationals World Series ring

Gerardo Parra 'overwhelmed' by 'Baby Shark' tribute on Nationals World Series ring

The Nationals' 2019 World Series rings managed to capture just about every aspect of the team's unforgettable run to their first-ever championship. 

Included on the inside of the ring was a special tribute to "Baby Shark," which of course was Gerardo Parra's walkup song and eventually became the anthem for Washington's postseason run. Parra saw the design and posted a heartfelt message on Instagram thanking the organization for honoring him. 

"I’m completely overwhelmed about the honor the Washington Nationals organization gave me in our World Champions ring we earned last season," Parra wrote. "I can not say thanks enough to the organization and, of course, our fans, because you were the ones that made the Baby Shark song our anthem. I just feel really blessed and I want to say that I will be forever grateful for being a part of the Washington Nationals history!"

Now Parra's World Series ring matches his "Baby Shark" tattoo he got shortly after the Nats won the title. He may have only been in Washington for a year, but he left an everlasting mark on the franchise and its fans 

Parra unfortunately won't play in the majors in 2020 after signing a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $3 million vesting option for 2021. 

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