?Washington Nationals?outfielder Juan Soto has done nothing but make Nats fans cheer, with his electric offense and joyous smile,?since entering the league last year. But something that Soto wasn't smiling about was the prototype to his signature bobblehead, which will be given out to fans at Friday's game against the ?Pirates? at Nationals Park.?
In fact, Soto rejected the early prototype because it wasn't smiling. "I'm always smiling and like to be happy," said the young star.? "I like people to remember me like I'm happy, not mad."?
Juan Soto rejected an early prototype of his Nats bobblehead because it wasn't smiling.
“I’m always smiling and like to be happy,” Soto said. “I like people to remember me like I’m happy, not mad."https://t.co/WBOvM2m2bE— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) April 11, 2019
The 20-year-old has reason to be happy, after all. He's playing in the major leagues before he's even able to order a beer, and has a long career ahead of him. He wanted his bobblehead to reflect how happy he is playing professional baseball in the nation's capital.?
Soto hit a??three-run home run?in the 10th inning on Tuesday as the Nats scored nine unanswered runs in a 10-6 win over the Phillies at Citizens?Bank Park. The victory was followed by a very happy celebration, highlighted by cabbage smashing in the locker room.?
The Nationals did change the bobblehead's design to better fit the personality of the??Dominican.?The promotion will no longer feature an unhappy Soto, rather his bobblehead will better represent what fans can expect to see on his face, a big smile.
I'd be smiling too if I already had a 20+ home run, 70 RBI season under my belt before the age of 21.?
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