‘The beautiful thing about sports’: Nationals’ ‘Baby Shark’ craze comes to the World Series
SportsPulse: This may be the most energetic World Series we’ve seen in a long time. For both teams, their exuberance on and off the field has been propelled by the joy often seen in Latin baseball culture. USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — If you’ve watched a Washington Nationals home game this year, chances are you’ve heard it.
If not, you may be confused during World Series games in the nation’s capital.
“Baby Shark” has taken over Nationals Park in 2019 and the team has embraced the undeniably-catchy children’s song as a part of its celebrations throughout the season.
The trend began with outfielder Gerardo Parra, who started using the tune as a walk-up song while mired in a slump earlier in the year, as a nod to his two-year-old daughter.
Players and fans alike immediately embraced the silliness.
The crowd in Washington does a synchronized shark chomp when Parra comes to the plate. Some fans come to the park dressed as sharks.
“It’s really cool. And what’s even cooler and weirder is to look up in the stands and see middle-age men do a Baby Shark,” Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said before the World Series. “But that’s the beautiful thing about sports – whether it’s baseball or any other sport.
“It gives people three or four hours to forget about everything else and just have fun. Root for a team, or do a Baby Shark at the field.”
When Nationals players get a base hit, their on-field celebrations mirror the song. A single gets a finger pitch for Baby Shark, a double calls for hand-clapping like a Mommy Shark and a triple gets the full chomp for Daddy Shark.
“It’s blown up pretty big. Everyone seems to be doing it,” Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin said before Game 3. “People are wearing shark outfits. It’s like Halloween out there. It’s great.”
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