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Juan Soto advocates for Gerardo Parra to throw out first pitch Opening Day

When Gerardo Parra signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, one player among those most disappointed he wouldn’t be returning to the Nationals was leftfielder Juan Soto.

At 21 years old, Soto and his jubilant personality attached to Parra’s fun-loving antics like a magnet. The star outfielder embraced the dugout dance parties and “Baby Shark” hit celebrations. But heading into 2020, Soto has been forced to come to terms with playing without Parra in D.C.

“We’re gonna miss him on the Nationals,” Soto told NBC Sports Washington’s Matt Doolin on the Nationals Talk podcast. “I was talking to him at his house…we’re gonna work on the golf…he told me he wants me to get that and help me do that and I’m gonna work on that.”



QLE Posted: February 06, 2020 at 01:23 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: first pitch, gerardo parra, juan soto, opening day

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   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 06, 2020 at 05:40 AM (#5922180)
The article says, "When asked whether he’d want Parra to throw out the first pitch for the Nationals’ home opener against the New York Mets on April 2, Soto was quick to voice his support for the idea," so Soto seems to be advocating this by responding to someone else's question.
   2. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: February 06, 2020 at 09:58 AM (#5922216)
Seems fine to me. Parra was a tremendous clubhouse presence, just clearly a real joy to be around. He has a future in coaching.

I have my ($200!) ticket for the Nats home opener, I'd be happy to see him
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: February 06, 2020 at 10:20 AM (#5922228)
It doesn't look as if the Giants will be near Washington on the 28th of March, so it might be tough to pull off.
   4. Esoteric Posted: February 06, 2020 at 10:20 AM (#5922229)
The Nats can have whoever they want throw out the first pitch, but Bourbon Samurai is right: Nats fans wouldn't mind one bit if it was Parra.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: February 06, 2020 at 10:54 AM (#5922244)
Soto also advocates for Pepsi if the place where he's eating doesn't have Coke.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 06, 2020 at 11:05 AM (#5922248)
The Rockies spent three years trying to make Gerardo Parra their regular left fielder, and he was horrible. Rockies fans - well, at least me - hated him. The Nats let him be a fourth outfielder/pinch hitter/utilityman, and everyone loves him. Funny how that works out.
   7. ReggieThomasLives Posted: February 06, 2020 at 03:17 PM (#5922408)
Parr’s was a fantastic find for the DBacks. He was cheap and good for them, and when he played for a division rival became expensive and bad.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: February 06, 2020 at 03:39 PM (#5922434)
The Nats let him be a fourth outfielder/pinch hitter/utilityman, and everyone loves him

That and he put up a 830 OPS during his first 3 months there.

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