Like any other minor league call-up, Parra drove the five-and-a-half hours to Nationals Park from Rochester, New York — where the Washington Nationals Triple-A squad resides. After the rainy drive, the Venezuela native arrived in the District just after 10:30 p.m.
“I feel like a first-time big leaguer,” Parra said standing in the home dugout in a cutoff t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops on Sunday afternoon.
Parra played 21 games with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings this season, batting .222 with 12 RBIs and a home run.
Like Parra, the song returned to Nationals Park when he stepped into the batter’s box in the seventh inning against the Mets on Sunday. The crowd of 30,371 at the stadium greeted Parra, clapping along with the song and flapping their arms in the now-famous “shark” motion.
“He’s just a smart baseball player and you know the kind of energy that he brings to our clubhouse, it’s nice to get that back,” Martinez said.
“Last year when I signed with Japan, I said I want to play there, but I want to be back [in the majors],” Parra said. “I’m happy I’m here … this year’s a new year and [I want to] try to be the best and try to be a champion again.”
“I lose a lot of weight. I’ve prepared my body for that point,” Parra said. “I’m ready for anything. The moment Davey gives me the opportunity to play, I’ll do my best.”
“We need to see him be more consistent,” Martinez said of Braymer. “In order to be able to play in the big leagues, we talk a lot about being consistent and he just hasn’t shown us the consistency yet.”
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