Nationals outfielder Juan Soto clearly took notice when Astros third baseball Alex Bregman carried his bat around first base after a first-inning home run.

After Soto hit his own long ball in the fifth, giving Washington a Game 6 lead Tuesday, he offered a similar celebration. He even copied Bregman’s attempted handoff to his first base coach.

Astros fans booed in response.

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Considering Bregman’s antics upset some former MLB players, it’s likely Soto’s move did the same. Really, though, it’s the perfect response to his foe’s trolling. 

Plus, it’s better than the alternative.

After the game, Soto offered a fair explanation of his celebration: If Bregman is going to up the ante, then he has a right to match it.

We hope Soto, 21, continues to be bold moving forward, regardless of who it might tick off.

His Nationals went on to win 7-2 and force Game 7.

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