Fernando Tatis Jr. Grand Slam Evokes 'Unwritten Rules' Debate: 'Is There Anything Dumber in Sports?'

August 18, 2020 - 11:02 am
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Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the most exciting young talents and baseball and is already staking his claim as one of the best players currently in the game.

But on Tuesday morning, he found himself entrenched in yet another one of baseball's "unwritten rules" debates after he belted a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch in the eighth inning with his team already up seven runs on the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers took exception to Tatis swinging in that scenario, throwing behind Manny Machado on the next pitch.

Not only did Rangers manager Chris Woodward criticize Tatis after the game, but Padres manager Jayce Tingle also was not happy with his own player and the 21-year-old star had to apologize - for hitting a grand slam.

Naturally, this became the main talking point on social media well into Tuesday morning with fans, media and fellow baseball players sounding off on the situation.

Former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was among the minority who felt Tatis was in the wrong for swinging 3-0 with a seven-run lead.

Players, past and present, also chimed in with their feelings and most of them seemed to support Tatis swinging - even the pitchers - although Phil Hughes admitted if he was on the mound he probably wouldn't be happy, but as a fan enjoyed the moment.

Some pointed out that Woodward was a bit hypocritical for his criticism on Tatis and respecting the "unwritten rules" based on some of the things he did as a player.

Anyway, Fernando Tatis Jr. is fun as hell and everybody wants to see him crush balls. pic.twitter.com/KiTWaj5sKy

With the Jays already leading 10-4 in the top of the ninth, current Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward swings away and hits his only career grand slam.

-- Julian McWilliams (@byJulianMack) August 18, 2020

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