The Soto shuffle shifts to top of dugout

August 5th, 2020

is back and happy to be here. The Nationals outfielder was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday after being activated from the COVID-19 injured list, but he was making his teammates smile nonetheless.

After Josh Harrison launched his first home run as a National, Soto hopped up on top of the home dugout and did a little dance while his teammates celebrated below him.

"I didn't see it until I just saw a video," said Harrison of Soto's moves. "Where I was in the dugout, I couldn't see on top. But when I saw the video, I was excited. Got another person that likes to dance, so we can get down together."

Washington instituted the dugout driving celebration after Howie Kendrick homers last season, and that tradition was also brought back on Tuesday when Kendrick went deep one inning earlier for his first of the season.

The Nationals were playing their first game since Thursday and jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, beating the rival Mets, 5-3.