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Gerardo Parra promises the Nationals will return to the postseason

Gerardo Parra promises the Nationals will return to the postseason

Gerardo Parra will be in Japan for the 2020 baseball season, but that hasn't stopped him from promising big things from his former team. 

In an exclusive interview with the Nationals Talk podcast Parra promised that the Nationals will make a playoff run this season.

"I promise you these guys go to the playoffs this year too because these guys have a great heart. I know Rendon is not there but this is baseball and this is a great team."

His message for his former teammates is simple, "don’t lose the emotion, don’t lose the goofy we have right now in the clubhouse… we worked a lot to do that."

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Parra told Nationals Talk that he is so grateful for his time with the team and in the city. 

As the interview wrapped up, he asked if he could have a moment to say something directly to fans. 

He thanked D.C. and everyone who supported the team during this unforgettable season. He hopes fans do not forget how a children's song brought a whole city together, sports fan or not.  
 
 "Enjoy the moment," said Parra. "And baby shark never forget." 

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Gerardo Parra wants to throw out the first pitch on Nationals Opening Day

Gerardo Parra wants to throw out the first pitch on Nationals Opening Day

April 2nd, 2020 is a big day for Nationals fans everywhere.

It's the home opener against the Mets, players will get their World Series rings and the fans will be able to watch the Nats hang the first championship banner in franchise history.

How could a day like that get any better? Maybe if Gerardo Parra, better known as "Baby Shark," threw out the first pitch. Luckily enough, Parra is most definitely down. 

"I want to throw the first pitch," Parra said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington. "I'm working, but it's not in my hands. I want to talk to the Japan team, but like I say, I don't want to say no because you never know."

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Right after the World Series ended, Parra said he received an offer from the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He ultimately signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $3 million vesting option for 2021. His options to come back and play in the MLB were slim. 

Parra galvanized an entire locker room and fan base during the Nationals' improbable run to a World Series title. He added a level of weird to the team that hadn't been present before, so much so that there are actual videos of Stephen Strasburg dancing with Parra in the clubhouse. 

He only spent a short time in DC, but Parra quickly became a Nationals legend among the fans. Hopefully, we'll be able to see him throw the first pitch before he embarks on a career overseas. 

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Gerardo Parra says farewell to Nationals' fans, organization, and teammates

Gerardo Parra says farewell to Nationals' fans, organization, and teammates

Washington Nationals fans worldwide will never forget about Gerardo Parra, and Parra will never forget about the special moments he spent with this World Series Champion team.

A few days after news came out that "Parra Shark" will be leaving the MLB for Japan and joining the Yomiuri Giants, he took to social media to thank the fans and organization for everything.

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Dear @Nationals fans: You already heard the news that I won’t be back for the 2020 season with our World Series Champion team, and it wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I feel blessed with all the things we shared together and the new opportunities that God is giving me with @yomiuri.giants. #npb I just want to say thank you, to the @Nationals organization, to Henry Blanco and Dave Martínez for trusting me, to my teammates, to the media, and especially to the awesome and amazing fans of DC for giving me the opportunity to live the best chapter of my career and helping us get the fight finished. On behalf of my baby girls @tvictoriamp88, my wife @tvictoriam, and my family I just want to say THANK YOU! I will never, ever, forget what we lived in 2019 in Washington, where the Parra Shark was born and belongs. I’m gonna miss you all, but my heart will always be with you all. I will cherish this past season for the rest of my life and I hope to have your support in this new challenge. With all the love and good vibes, Gerardo Parra ❤🦈 Forever #ParraShark

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"I just want to say thank you, to the Nationals organization, to Henry Blanco and Dave Martínez for trusting me, to my teammates, to the media, and especially to the awesome and amazing fans of DC for giving me the opportunity to live the best chapter of my career and helping us get the fight finished."

Parra became a fan-favorite after incorporating the popular children's song, "Baby Shark," as he walk-up tune, as well as his clutch moments throughout the season.

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