The Lead Story Is Fernando…Always!
Yes, we missed Fernando Tatis Jr. when he was on the injured list. Why? Well…
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 23, 2021
The shortstop sensation has been on fire since being activated from the IL – he is 11 for 14 in his last four games, with four home runs, 12 RBI, and 27 total bases. Oh, and a couple of serious bat flips. The latest came after a Slam Diego bomb that cleared the bases to put the Padres well in control against the Mariners.
another day, another elite tatis bat flip pic.twitter.com/JWoVUaErP4
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 23, 2021
Tatis has lived up to the billing so far this season, and we hope he avoids any further injury problems in what could be a history-making year for the young man. Here’s that flip from another angle, with some sick stats to go with it…modern-day baseball, it’s a thing.
.@tatis_jr is the 6th player to have multiple 2-HR, 6-RBI games before turning 23 (Ott, Trosky, Ar. Ramirez, Foxx, Devers).
He has all season to match the record of 3 games (Ott). pic.twitter.com/BuaQVv21ws
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) May 23, 2021
Leave The Kid Alone
There was something sincerely impressive about the way rookie umpire Erich Bacchus took the lip from Chicago Cubs manager David Ross yesterday. The young umpire ejected the Cubs manager after chirps of “be better” were heard from Ross in relation to Bacchus’ called balls and strikes.
30-year-old rookie umpire Erich Bacchus ejects Cubs manager David Ross for arguing balls and strikes pic.twitter.com/P5oQKag79L
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 24, 2021
To be fair to Ross, there was plenty of evidence to suggest Bacchus was being extremely liberal with the outside of the zone.
Seriously, wtf is this? pic.twitter.com/lNQVGoEqKt
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) May 23, 2021
You can point to the fact that it was the same for both pitchers, however, Adam Wainwright seemed to benefit a tad more in the long run, as Buster Olney stated.
Adam Wainwright got 31 called strikes tonight, the most for any major-league pitcher in any game this year.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 24, 2021
High School Amusical
The most remarkable fact from today’s baseball featured a duel between two players who went to the same high school…in Korea!
Ryu and Choi went to the same high school 🇰🇷
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 23, 2021
And here are the corresponding cute throwback pictures of Ji-Man Choi and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ji-Man Choi are set to face each other today. they are both alumni of Dongsan High School in Incheon. Ryu was drafted out of HS in 2005, and Choi was signed by the Mariners in 2009. pic.twitter.com/vjnVOWZdUx
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) May 23, 2021
Marlins Merchandise Matters
The Miami Marlins fans haven’t had much to shout about on the field the past few years, and there was even embarrassment over the poorly designed “grey name, black jersey” uniforms recently. However, somebody somewhere needs a pay raise after the latest threads from the club, the Nike City Connect range has taken them to the top of the “must-buy-merch” list. If you haven’t seen the hype video, then you really need to.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 17, 2021
Their 5-1 win over the Mets today was thanks to a stellar outing from rookie starter Cody Poteet. Check that changeup! You may want to seriously consider adding him to your fantasy baseball roster for the rest of 2021.
but mom. what if we 𝙙𝙞𝙙 stop for food instead of just eating at home pic.twitter.com/NiHRM71kqa
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 23, 2021
And That Baby Is Gone!
The only medicine to brighten up your Monday morning is the daily dose of the longball.
Bye, bye, baseball. 👋 pic.twitter.com/jODsYSkkvE
— MLB (@MLB) May 24, 2021
Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)