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Just a month ago, Dodgers ace Trevor Bauer threw to hitters during a spring training outing with one eye open “for practice.” Fast forward to last night, and Padres’ star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. pulled off an epic troll job while taking the reigning NL Cy Young winner deep — TWICE.
FERNANDO TATIS JR. HAS DONE IT AGAIN pic.twitter.com/8y9KMtRqMx— MLB (@MLB) April 25, 2021
Here’s Bauer with the move:
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer pitched with one eye closed vs. the Padres in Spring Training.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 25, 2021
Fernando Tatis Jr. got revenge after he homered off of him tonight 👀 pic.twitter.com/qPjBdsZVZ6
But as I said, Tatis went deep twice, and the second troll job was better. Watch:
FERNANDO TATIS JR. HIT ANOTHER BOMB OFF BAUER AND HIT HIM WITH HIS MCGREGOR STRUT— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 25, 2021
Bauer is known for celebrating a well-pitched inning with a signature “Conor McGregor” walk, and now it comes full circle. The most important take away, though, was post-game when Bauer was asked how he felt about Tatis’ gestures:
“I’m all for it. I think it’s important that the game moves in that direction and we stop throwing at people because they celebrated having some success on the field.” @BauerOutage on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s celebrations. pic.twitter.com/RdLMAWhQVD— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) April 25, 2021
This is what Major League Baseball needs (outside of pandering to liberal media)! Ratings are currently surging, and players showing their personalities like we saw from Tatis is a major reason why. And what’s hysterical is that Trevor Bauer is mostly known by our media as “annoying and unpredictable.”
Refreshing to see some vilified by members of our media and have those same enemies be a catalyst in the game’s revival. Yes, I said “revival” because Major League Baseball used to be fun to watch. It’s been a struggle to watch strikeouts, walks, and homers all game long, so interesting personalities unafraid to shine is a giant leap in the right direction. I highly doubt we see any retaliation out of the Dodgers dugout for tonight’s game. Our game is healing.