Fernando Tatis Jr. is arguably the best young player in baseball. The 21-year-old shortstop for the San Diego Padres is posting a .305/.383/.726 slash line at the plate and leads MLB in home runs with 11 in the first 23 games of the new season.
Tatis’ greatness was on full display against the Texas Rangers on Monday night, and it led to the type of non-sensical controversy that only baseball can produce at the end of the game.
Yes, we’re talking about unwritten rules again.
Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a grand slam with his team up 10-3
The Padres were up by seven runs when Tatis stepped to the plate in the eighth inning. He had already hit one homer on the night. Tatis was sitting on a 3-0 count when Rangers pitcher Juan Nicasio threw a pitch down the middle of the plate.
Tatis did the only sensible thing in that situation: he crushed it out of the park.