Last night, rising superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. swung at a 3-0 fastball and hit a grand slam while up seven runs. When I saw it I thought to myself, wow this kid is great for baseball. He’s electric, he has fun, he hits bombs, and everyone loves him! Apparently I was wrong.
Jayce Tingler was asked about the expectations on a 3-0 count and what he thought Fernando Tatis should have done in that situation: pic.twitter.com/i3aDbopdU3— 97.3 The Fan (@973TheFanSD) August 18, 2020
Basically both managers were mad or disappointed that Tatis Jr. didn’t take a 3-0 pitch in the strike zone because the Padres already had a comfortable lead. Tatis Jr. violated one of the “unwritten rules” we have all heard so much about. Apparently that rule is if you have a comfortable lead and you’re in a 3-0 count, stop trying to play your best baseball. You’re expected to give up because the other team doesn’t think they can come back.
If the Texas Rangers are mad because Tatis Jr. swung at a 3-0 pitch in a game they knew they were going to lose, then just leave the field. If you’re not going to play out all nine innings then just leave. There shouldn’t be a “rule” where if you’ve decided your team is done, the other team also has to stop trying.
After the game, Tatis Jr. got in front of a microphone and apologized for hitting a grand slam. Really? He was pressured into saying this was a “learning experience” and he will change in the future. That is the exact opposite of what baseball needs. This kid is one of the most exciting and electric players we have seen in years and he is already being critisized for playing the game his way. Let the kids play, until they start having too much fun, of course.
As a fan on the much younger side, I’m glad to see other fans around me take my side on this. The unwritten rules are not good for baseball. What do you think gets more fans into the game? A Tatis Jr. grand slam, or him taking a strike to be respectful? It shouldn’t be okay for a pitcher to throw at a hitter because his feelings were hurt off a massive grand slam. That’s exactly what happened last night.
Players like Trevor Bauer and Tim Anderson also tweeted their thoughts on the controversy.
Hey @tatis_jr listen up:— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 18, 2020
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.
This why the game won’t grow!! Why the manager don’t have his back through whatever anyway. The Game Wasn’t Over Yet #GoodSwingBra Dont Apologize next time let them sit in it bra https://t.co/RpaFppCUUY— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) August 18, 2020
As fans we should never be mad at an electric star like Tatis Jr. hitting a grand slam. I’m glad to see players stand on the side of making baseball fun.
Those are my thoughts on the issue, but what do you think? Leave a comment below and start the discussion.