Washington Nationals: Players Compared To Anime Characters

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Adam Eaton #2 of the Washington Nationals holds the Commissioners Trophy after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Adam Eaton #2 of the Washington Nationals holds the Commissioners Trophy after defeating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 10: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals follows through on an eighth inning home run against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Juan Soto: Gon Freecss

Gon Freeces is the main protagonist in the anime Hunter x Hunter. In Hunter x Hunter, people strive to become hunters, a group of elite members who search for people, treasure, or other exotic items. The son of a famous hunter, Gon sets out to become a hunter of his own, with his mindset on passing the Hunters Exam, in order to track down his father. During the Hunter Exam, Gon showcases his immense potential and strength. After many strenuous tests, Gon becomes one of nine to make it to the final round, where he and six others pass.

Despite over 400 people initially starting the exam and only being 12 years old, Gon immediately stood out thanks to his fighting prowess. After passing the exam, Gon heads to Heavens Arena, a fighting tournament, to train. It is at the arena where Gon learns the necessary skills to become a top tier fighter. After six months of training, Gon faces off against one of the main antagonists Hisoka. After a fierce match, Gon lost but, was still able to prove himself on the biggest stage.

Juan Soto made his MLB debut with the Nats at only 19 years old. The rookie went on to take the league by storm, finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting. After superstar Bryce Harper left in free agency, all eyes turned to Soto to step up. After a slow start to his sophomore campaign, Soto took his game to the next level. He hit .282, with 34 bombs, 110 RBIs, and an OPS of .949. His stellar play helped his team secure a playoff spot.

Eventually, Soto and the Nats made it to the World Series, where they took on the Houston Astros. On the world’s biggest stage, this is where Soto made a name for himself. In the seven-game series, the 21-year-old hit .333, with three homers, seven RBIs, and an OPS of 1.178. After the World Series, the baseball world knew the youngster was just getting started, similar to the crowd’s reaction to Gon’s showing in Heavens Arena. Soto and Gon are both ahead of the competition, despite their young age. The two of them found a way to exceed expectations in their respective fields.

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