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Will ‘Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo’ do Series debut?

WASHINGTON (AP) – The “Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo” earworm would possibly simply be coming to a World Series close to you, if Washington Nationals backup outfielder Gerardo Parra heads to the plate throughout one in every of his crew’s dwelling video games towards the Houston Astros.

A walk-up track that confirmed up months in the past as a candy tribute to the musical style of Parra’s 2-year-old daughter has turn out to be a rallying cry of types for spectators at Nationals Park – who sing and clap alongside by the 1000’s, arms totally prolonged in a chomping movement – and his teammates – who do their very own shark-inspired hand gestures after every hit, together with pinching collectively an index finger and thumb after singles.

Some gamers work out carrying headbands sporting a cartoon shark. Some followers put on full-body shark costumes. There’s even slightly blue stuffed-animal shark that Parra positioned within the netting in entrance of the house dugout at Nationals Park.

All of the zaniness may very well be on show for a world TV viewers because the Fall Classic shifts to the nation’s capital Friday evening for Game 3, with Washington main the best-of-seven sequence 2-0.

“It kind of caught steam. … We all thought it was just going to be a game or two. Or a week. But it turned into something cool. Something to the get the fans involved,” second baseman Brian Dozier stated. “It was pretty cool to see in the playoffs. Everybody on their feet. He could have struck out or hit a homer and everyone would have been still clapping their hands.”



The track displays a unfastened and energetic angle many Nationals credit score Parra with introducing when he was signed in May after the San Francisco Giants reduce him. Plenty of gamers say that ambiance has been key to Washington’s turnaround from 19-31 that month to the game’s greatest stage now.

“We’re still here in the World Series,” Parra stated, “because we play together. We do anything together.”

There’s the dancing within the dugout after homers and behind closed doorways after victories. The full-body embraces, together with of Stephen Strasburg, who acknowledged, “I’m not much of a hugger, but they kind of just surround me. So I just have to take it.” The sun shades sported by Parra – with a rose-colored tint – and pitcher Aníbal Sánchez – with yellow lenses – even throughout evening video games, a convention that started in June.

“We’re lucky to have guys like Parra, Aníbal, Fernando (Rodney), these guys that have come here and changed the culture in the clubhouse,” stated reliever Sean Doolittle, naming three gamers new to the crew in 2019, together with two picked up in the course of the season, “and got a lot of guys in here to kind of loosen up and play the game with a little bit more fun, to be honest.”

Sure, don’t lose sight of the truth that necessary gamers had been damage early within the season and the Nationals are wholesome as will be now.

And, sure, having stud starters like Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin, together with sluggers akin to Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon, helped issues, in fact.

But with the day-after-day schedule and the no-chance-to-get-away shut quarters of a baseball clubhouse, it most likely can’t damage for the 25 gamers on the lively roster to take pleasure in one another’s firm and work out methods to let sure losses dissipate amid some laughter.

“We were going through a time where we were so tight, and we had all of these expectations, and in a way we weren’t meeting them, and everybody was putting pressure on themselves and listening to all of the outside distractions going on,” catcher Yan Gomes stated, pondering again to being 12 video games beneath .500. “Then a couple of guys came in, and we decided to just kind of like drop this weight off our shoulders and just, in a way, dance like nobody’s watching.”

Nothing symbolizes that greater than the silliness of “Baby Shark,” a youngsters’s track with billions of YouTube views that was created by a South Korean firm – which is completely different from the improper model Fox performed throughout its broadcast of Washington’s 12-Three win in Game 2.

Parra was attempting to select a brand new walk-up track in June, when he was mired in an 0-for-22 stoop, when he settled on this repetitive tune as a result of he heard it “a lot,” because of his daughter.

Who knew it might turn out to be the phenomenon it has, performed lately at Redskins and Capitals video games, too.

“People enjoy it. All their kids enjoy it,” Parra stated. “So I’m happy for that.”

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AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Houston contributed.

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Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

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More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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