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Friday, October 25, 2019

How ‘Baby Shark’ made the Washington Nationals your toddler’s favorite baseball team

HOUSTON — If you want to know just how weird and random and glorious this World Series run is for the Washington Nationals, consider this: As Wednesday night turned into Thursday morning and the Nats were taking a 2-0 lead over the Astros, thousands of people 1,400 miles away were sitting inside a baseball stadium in Washington D.C. pretending to be sharks.

Baby Sharks and Daddy Sharks and Mommy Shark. And heck, even Grandpa Shark and Grandma Shark.

“Baby Shark” — a song that toddlers across this country can somehow recite and has been viewed billions of times on YouTube — has become the unlikely rallying call for a team of baseball players making a surprise run toward their franchise first World Series title. It’s also been eagerly embraced by a city so hungry for that title it would sing kids songs if that’s what it takes.

It’s fitting in a way. Baseball is a game that we traditionally fall in love with as children, but the game has gotten serious and expensive these days. An entire circle of fandom getting gobbled up by a kid’s song and then televised across the country — as it will Friday night when the Nats host Game 3 — is probably a good thing for baseball.

I’m inclined to find it oddly charming- then again, I don’t have children, so I suspect the parents among us might offer an alternate perspective.

 

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: gerardo parra, nationals

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   1. Esoteric Posted: October 25, 2019 at 11:27 AM (#5894412)
As a parent of a toddler, yes, the Nats making "Baby Shark" a thing for the team is actually pretty great.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM (#5894415)
I’m inclined to find it oddly charming- then again, I don’t have children, so I suspect the parents among us might offer an alternate perspective.
We were discussing this over in the Omnichatter - the parents there are surprisingly OK with it.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: October 25, 2019 at 11:33 AM (#5894420)
When I was a kid, the White Sox gave out free tickets to schools in the area. I don't know about toddlers, but the smell of pizza, beer, and cigarettes and all the drunken fights at old Comiskey made a Sox fan out of seven-year-old me.
   4. Omineca Greg Posted: October 25, 2019 at 11:47 AM (#5894435)
"Baby Shark" has always reminded me of "The Hustle", except with a little less cocaine and a whole lot less promiscuous sex.
   5. ajnrules Posted: October 25, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5894478)
How easy we forget Elvis Andrus did it first. It got pretty big down in Texas, but didn't stick because the Rangers fell out of contention in July with Andrus having a terrible season at the plate.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 25, 2019 at 01:23 PM (#5894497)
It really only works if Gerardo Parra does something helpful for the Nationals, which he frequently did after choosing ‘Baby Shark’ as his walk up music. When he slumped, it wasn’t nearly as much fun, but he bounced back at the end of the season and the playoffs, so a good time for all.
   7. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: October 25, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5894508)
As a parent of a toddler, yes, the Nats making "Baby Shark" a thing for the team is actually pretty great.


Agreed, it is awesome and fun. I have a six and a three year old, and they are sort of excited about the games and the yelling, although mostly they imitate players and take at bats in front of the tv. But as the games go on they can get frustrated that Daddy is watching TV for four hours and Baby Shark helps get them excited again.
   8. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 25, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5894519)
Great story. I love sports.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 25, 2019 at 02:07 PM (#5894530)
"Baby Shark" has always reminded me of "The Hustle", except with a little less cocaine and a whole lot less promiscuous sex.

Wait, those are the only good things about "The Hustle".
   10. eric Posted: October 25, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5894546)
This thread prompted me to seek out and listen to Baby Shark for the first time. If I have my way, that will also be the very last time I ever hear the song.
   11. Lassus Posted: October 25, 2019 at 03:21 PM (#5894568)
Every time I see things about Baby Shark, I keep thinking we're still talking about Left Shark.
   12. Itchy Row Posted: October 25, 2019 at 03:35 PM (#5894575)
This thread prompted me to seek out and listen to Baby Shark for the first time. If I have my way, that will also be the very last time I ever hear the song.
I hope you're not planning on watching (or at least listening to) this weekend's games.
   13. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 25, 2019 at 03:48 PM (#5894588)
What irks me is that we sang "Baby Shark" when I was little, but with a different melody. To this day, I still think that everyone is singing it wrong.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 25, 2019 at 03:58 PM (#5894599)
Every time I see things about Baby Shark, I keep thinking we're still talking about Left Shark.

Me too!

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