End of the Baby Shark Era: Nats’ Parra Leaves for Japan

Gerardo Parra, the man responsible for the Baby Shark phenomenon that became synonymous with the Washington Nationals’ run to a World Series title will not be back for the 2020 season. The 32-year-old outfielder signed a deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan’s Nippon professional baseball league this week.

Parra was signed by the Nats in May. While going through prolonged batting woes, he decided to change his “walk up” song to the theme from the children’s show Baby Shark – a show his young daughter watched. That change coincided with Parra snapping out of his slump and the Nats turning their fortunes around from a terrible 19-31 start to being crowned World Series champions.

Though he was only a member of the Nationals for six months, Parra leaves behind a memorable legacy as a valuable bench player, a great clubhouse presence but mostly as “the Baby Shark guy.”

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