Make no mistake about it, the Baby Shark craze has crept into the minds of Colorado Rockies fans as October continues to evolve.
It has nothing to do with the song, of course. It does, however, have everything to do with former Colorado Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra, who is now injecting his own brand of fun and levity into the Washington Nationals as they prepare for their first-ever World Series appearance.
It was Parra, after being designated for assignment by San Francisco and signed by Washington in May, who walked up to the plate in mid-June with “Baby Shark” as his walk-up song, drawing some laughs and strange looks. Now, with the Nationals churning ahead and even reminding some of Colorado’s magical 2007 Rocktober run, you’ll see plenty of Nationals and their fans doing the “Baby Shark” as it has, in some head-shaking way, become the team’s song.
Rockies fans certainly remember the fun that Parra brought to Colorado in his three seasons with the Rockies. Without Parra (along with Carlos Gonzalez and perhaps a few others) in the Rockies clubhouse, there’s a reason why Nick Groke of The Athletic asked in an article if the Rockies had a “fun problem.” Whether it was riding a scooter into the clubhouse (and beeping as he came down the hallway) or stealing a few sunflower seeds after chasing a foul ball, Rockies fans remember Parra as much for his attitude as his playing ability.
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It’s one of the reasons why, when we asked Rockies fans on Twitter if they would be pulling for Parra and the Nationals or DJ LeMahieu, Adam Ottavino, Mike Tauchman and the New York Yankees should the two teams meet up in the World Series, 66 percent of the 395 votes received said they would be cheering on the Nationals.
Granted, there’s no guarantee that the Yankees are getting to the World Series, but we had to see which former Rockies and their teams were going to get the bandwagon support over the rest of the month. Let the Baby Shark craze continue.
And let’s also remember that Rockies fans may be cheering for their former players on both sides … but may find it a little harder to cheer for the Yankees as a franchise.
Will Rockies fans keep cheering for Parra and Washington if the Houston Astros make it to the World Series as the American League representative? We’ll find out soon enough with another Twitter poll … and the results of the ALCS.