The Washington Nationals’ World Series-winning season was filled with tons of incredible and iconic moments. Two of them have even made it into the upcoming video game MLB The Show 20.
Outfielder Juan Soto’s crotch-grabbing, between-pitch “Soto Shuffle” and the Nationals’ dugout dance parties were both featured in the trailer released on Wednesday.
Also, featured: Anthony Rendon in an Angels uniform. But let’s bury that until the end.
The “Soto Shuffle” began its life when Soto was a minor leaguer and followed him to the Major League. It soon became synonymous with Soto.
lmao the new mlb the show game has the soto shuffle right in there pic.twitter.com/xhcAhgetcC
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) January 22, 2020
During the NLCS, the the St. Louis Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas — who also features in the Soto clip in the trailer — copied the crotch-grabbing gesture back at Soto, after he retired him in the fifth inning.
“I like to get in the minds of the pitchers,” Soto said at the time. “Because sometimes they get scared.”
Soto continued the tradition into the World Series where he emphatically sent a bomb off Justin Verlander into the seats of Minute Maid Park.
can we take a second to appreciate that the next pitch verlander threw to soto after chirping him about the shuffle resulted in verlander’s life ending pic.twitter.com/knoXJfdwOT
— ben (@BigBaIIerBen) January 22, 2020
MLB posted a compilation of the Soto Shuffle on YouTube. It’s received over 330k views.
Meanwhile, the Nationals dugout dance parties became a regular feature after every home run and were a constant delight to the fans. There’s no word on whether the Baby Shark will make an appearance, nor Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick’s tandem clutch celebration, where they put a car into gear, but we can continue to live in hope!
— MLB (@MLB) October 24, 2019
Though we will say, this moment hurt us, just a little bit.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) January 22, 2020
Headline photo: MLB The Show 20
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