The Washington Nationals were the worst team in baseball in 2022.
They won just 55 games, and often looked like a Triple-A team.
Three years ago, however, they were MLB’s premier team, winning the 2019 World Series in impressive fashion against the Houston Astros.
It may sound hard to believe, but it was a reality: they had an elite team and defeated one of the best teams of the decade in the contested best-of-seven matchup.
One of the inspirations behind that team was the Baby Shark dance.
What started as a gesture by a player toward his daughter quickly became something that the whole stadium did and imitated.
“#OTD in 2019, Baby Shark came to the World Series,” MLB Europe tweeted.
— MLB Europe (@MLBEurope) October 25, 2022
The Origins Of The Baby Shark Dance
Gerardo Parra, an outfielder from Venezuela, first used the famous kids song in a home game on June 19, per local media.
He did it in honor of his two-year-old daughter.
The entire team adopted it in a matter of weeks, and by September and October, even fans in the stands were doing the Baby Shark dance.
It became quite a phenomenon for weeks during the Nats playoff run, culminating in a World Series win.
Only Strasburg remains on the roster nowadays: most of the rest left via free agency, retired, or were traded to save costs.
That’s why the Nats’ roster is in such a bad shape right now.
However, it’s always nice to remember the cool things of the 2019 season, like the Baby Shark dance.