June 18, 2021

Washington Nationals’ spark Gerardo Parra signs with Japan’s Yomiuri Giants; Goodbye, Parra Shark… (Federal Baseball)


The Parra Shark is going to be big in Japan. So much for “getting the band back together” or at least completely back together.

Gerardo Parra signed on with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Parra, 32, joined the Washington Nationals late last May, after the veteran outfielder was released by the San Francisco Giants.

Parra provided a spark for the 2019 World Series winners, putting up a .250/.300/.447 line with 11 doubles and eight home runs in 89 games and 204 plate appearances for the Nats, but it was in the clubhouse and dugout that the 11-year veteran really made an impact.

Parra was behind the dugout dancing in D.C. and the Parra Shark phenomenon he started when he picked the ubiquitous “Baby Shark” song as his walk-up music to make his young daughter happy.

By the end of the season, there were 40,000+ fans in the nation’s capital chomping along with the music with their arms when Parra walked to the plate.

Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez talked during the World Series about what Parra was able to bring to the team after he signed.

“When we picked him up, I knew what kind of guy he was,” Martinez explained. “I talked to…

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