May 27, 2020
Every team that wins a trophy in a major American sport gets the opportunity to celebrate with a championship ring. The Washington Nationals got their chance to do so on Sunday, and they were sure to put on a show.
The Nationals gave a first look at their World Series championship rings yesterday. While the ring was as glamorous as expected, it also had a nod to the famous Baby Shark childrens' song.
The ring was filled with several references. Inside it, the Nationals put in the names of every team that they beat on their way to the World Series. It also contains the number of games in every series they went through.
Besides the scores is a picture of a shark on a team jersey, which held the World Series trophy. According to reports, the gesture was a reference to Gerardo Parra, a former team outfielder who always worked out to the theme song of Baby Shark.
While the song was a popular choice, it soon became a regular with the Nationals. Speaking with news sources on his choice, Parra once said:
"That's a special moment for me, all the kids happy...all these kids and all the fans bringing a lot of energy to us in the big moments."
The song gained special recognition in 2018, after a viral video of a boy and a girl singing it. Soon enough, it shot up the charts and became a ubiquitous rhyme.
Soon after Parra had become famous for the song, Nationals fans got overly used to it. They'd sing it during games as a means of encouraging players who stepped up to bat.
The novel coronavirus pandemic restricted the Nationals from engaging in such festivities.
Many have credited the song to the Nationals and their victory. As reports explain, the team wasn't so great when Parra began using the song for his walk-up. The outfielder wasn't so good himself.
However, the song still stuck, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Nationals started winning soon after, and many attributed that to the song. So, it seems only fair that they celebrated it. On the ring ceremony, Nationals Manager Dave Martinez said:
"This ring means more to me than anything just because of what we went through and how we did it."
Sadly, the ceremony wasn't what many had expected. Ideally, championship-winning teams have big parades and ring ceremonies with their fans.
However, the novel coronavirus pandemic restricted the Nationals from engaging in such festivities. Instead, they streamed the ring ceremony online.
Despite the change, however, the event was quite memorable. This was the Nationals' first World Series, so the ceremony was always going to be special.
Depending on how soon the new season can begin, perhaps the Nationals will get the opportunity to still celebrate with their fans.
February 04, 2020