As the years roll on and people look back at the box scores and stat lines of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals, many may glaze over Parra’s solid but forgettable .250/.300/.447 slash line with the team during the regular season.
But those fans who not only watched but lived in the fairytale season know that Parra was one of the most memorable players on that team, even if the stats will never show it.
After hitting below the Mendoza line for the San Francisco Giants, Parra joined the 14-22 Nationals on May 9th. It took him just two games to announce his presence to his new team.
His game-winning grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t just provide them a spark in that game, it took the immediate pressure to perform off of Parra. That then allowed the Venezuelan to be himself in the clubhouse right away.
The outfielder’s infectious personality spread like wildfire in the weeks that followed as the Nationals, counted out of the postseason picture by many, started having…