Baseball has rules, and then it has unwritten rules. Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. broke one of those unwritten rules.
The San Diego Padres were up by seven runs when Tatis stepped to the plate in the eighth inning. Tatis was sitting on a 3-0 count when Rangers pitcher Juan Nicasio threw a pitch right down the middle of the plate.
Tatis crushed it out of the park for a Grand Slam, literally one of the most exciting hits in all of baseball.
As Tatis rounded the bases after hitting the Grand Slam, Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was extremely angry:
Afterward, Tatis Jr. apologized for hitting the home run:
“Those experiences, you got to learn from it,” Tatis Jr. said. “Probably next time, I take a pitch now that I learned from it.”
The Rangers were so angered they nearly hit San Diego’s next batter, Manny Machado.
Baseball needs to adapt, and stop trying to enforce all these unwritten rules. In what other sport would you be made to feel bad for doing your job?