The San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the most exciting young players to arrive in Major League Baseball in quite some time, and is off to an amazing start to the truncated 2020 season.
However, the “unwritten rules” of the game caught up to the 21-year-old phenom when he apparently missed a take sign on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded and blasted his first career grand slam. That drew the ire of his own manager.
“He’s young, a free spirit and focused and all those things,” said Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “That’s the last thing that we’ll ever take away. It’s a learning opportunity and that’s it. He’ll grow from it.
“Just so you know, a lot of our guys have green light 3-0. But in this game in particular, we had a little bit of a comfortable lead. We’re not trying to run up the score or anything like that.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=usatoday&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1295566899334598656&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fstory%2Fsports%2Fmlb%2Fpadres%2F2020%2F08%2F18%2Ffernando-tatis-jr-grand-slam-angers-padres-manager-texas-rangers%2F3389310001%2F&siteScreenName=usatoday&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px
Tatis’ grand slam came with his team up 10-3 in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers. Tatis blasted the 3-0 cookie from Juan Nicasio over the right-field wall to provide the Padres with their final scoring tally in a 14-4 win. It was Tatis’ second home run of the game, giving him 11 on the season and passing the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout for the major-league lead.
Nicasio was replaced on the mound by Ian Gibaut, who promptly delivered a pitch behind the back of Manny Machado.