Fernando Tatis Jr. is Bringing Joy Back to Baseball

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All the time Tatis spent fixing his foibles paid off. His swings and misses on pitches outside the zone are down by nearly 40% from his rookie season. After committing 18 errors last year, most of them on routine plays, Tatis came around to the idea that every play need not be flashy. He could take the proper angles. Use more feet, less arm. He has zero errors through 16 games this season. As his agent Roger Tomas tells Tatis, sometimes it's OK to be boring.

Perhaps that says as much about who Fernando Tatis Jr. is as anything: He has to actively work at being boring. It took a pandemic and an increasingly monitored set of protocols to keep him from unleashing new sets of choreographed handshakes to celebrate his and the Padres' triumphs. And even constrained -- or as constrained as he can get -- Tatis still manages to make antiseptic, fake-noise-infused, empty-stadium baseball feel urgent.

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 04:37 (three months ago) link

if at any point this thread title stops being true i will quietly resign

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 04:38 (three months ago) link

Going to lose an age-21 season that--only 18 games in, so who knows?--might have been in Trout-Pujols range.

clemenza, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

just hit #10, not long after trout hit #10

the race to 74 is on

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 03:19 (three months ago) link

#11 grand slam

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 03:43 (three months ago) link

Just reading about this--3-0 count, big lead, people are upset.

Oh, please.

clemenza, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 14:43 (three months ago) link

unwritten rules of baseball: no joy

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 14:47 (three months ago) link

he apologized for hitting a grand slam

Tingler, who knows Woodward well from their time together in the Texas organization, wasn’t quite so emphatic. But he spoke with Tatis after the home run and after the game called the moment “a learning opportunity.”

“Just to make sure we get the signs 3-0,” Tingler said. “He’s young, a free spirit and focused and all those things. That’s the last thing that we’ll ever take away. But it’s a learning opportunity.”

fuck a jayce tingler

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 14:57 (three months ago) link

I'd feel the same at any time, but in this season ("season")? It's not like they desperately need a reason to care or anything.

clemenza, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 15:11 (three months ago) link

Hey @tatis_jr listen up:

1) Keep swinging 3-0 if you want to, no matter what the game situation is
2) Keep hitting homers, no matter what the situation is
3) Keep bringing energy and flash to baseball and making it fun
4) The only thing you did wrong was apologize. Stop that.

— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 18, 2020

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 19:48 (three months ago) link

(NOTE: i'm not a Bauer-apologist, I think he's a dbag).

one of the interesting developments is:


is there a precedent for a post-game suspension allthewhile not getting ejected for throwing behind someone? That seems highly unusual...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 19:51 (three months ago) link

Up by 6 in the 4th inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. just stole third base with two outs on Gibaut

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 21:26 (three months ago) link

Tatis now leads the league in homers, rbi's, runs, and steals.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 21:33 (three months ago) link

And middle fingers!

clemenza, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 21:38 (three months ago) link


starting to think that trading James Shields for this guy was worth it

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 21:40 (three months ago) link

Taking this very, very rare opportunity to say "Trevor Bauer otm"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 21:51 (three months ago) link

Up by 6 in the 4th inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. just stole third base with two outs on Ian Gibaut -- who threw behind Manny Machado last night one pitch after Tatis' 3-0 slam.

Tatis is single-handedly burning the sport's unwritten rulebook. I am here for it.

— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 18, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 22:39 (three months ago) link

unwritten rules of baseball: no joy

― The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:47 AM (eleven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

the crack of the bat. the scent of a verdant field. The excitement of the crowd. These are the things that piss base ball fans off the most

— wint (@dril) June 19, 2018

ciderpress, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 02:00 (three months ago) link

There's no one I'd rather get a fuck-them-all high-five from.

Fernando Tatis keep playing hard and playing great, it’s a pleasure to watch you play, love your success and the Padres rise to be a winner. Keep leading the way. It ain’t easy to hit Hrs. Keep bringing energy you have to the game, we need players like you. An All Star

— Reggie Jackson (@mroctober) August 18, 2020

clemenza, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 02:59 (three months ago) link

I know a lot of candidates don’t always like to weigh in hot button controversial topics, but I think Tatis swinging on 3-0 was good actually.

— Jess Scarane for Senate (@JessforDelaware) August 18, 2020


— Jess Scarane for Senate (@JessforDelaware) August 18, 2020

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 21:20 (three months ago) link

FERNANDO TATIS JR TO THE ROOOOOOOOOOF 🤯🤯🤯🤯#FriarFaithful | @Padres pic.twitter.com/xeXDWsChbf

— Fox Sports Slam Diego (@FOXSportsSD) August 27, 2020

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 August 2020 21:13 (three months ago) link

noted magician Fernando Tatis Jr. pic.twitter.com/Ckh8pV6gSg

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 9, 2020

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 01:42 (two months ago) link

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