Fernando Tatis Jr. homers twice at Dodger Stadium on 22-year anniversary of father’s epic two grand slam game vs. Dodgers
On April 23, 1999, then-St. Louis Cardinals 3rd baseman Fernando Tatis Sr. made MLB history when he ended up being the very first gamer to strike 2 grand slams in the exact same inning. Both of his bases-loaded shots on that Friday night at Dodger Arena came off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park in the 3rd inning and cleared the left field fence.
Friday night, Tatis’ kid — San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. — commemorated the 22-year anniversary of the celebration with his own two-homer trip at Dodger Arena.
“Oh, I definitely knew this was the day,″ Tatis said with a laugh after the game. “I told myself, ‘If I could just hit two home runs today, that would be so crazy.’ I think the baseball gods were in my favor.”
Both of Tatis Jr.’s launch Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw headed out to left, and contributing to the spooky balance the very first of his solo homers was available in the 3rd inning, the exact same frame that saw his daddy make history 22 years prior.
That third-inning shot provided the Padres a 2-1 lead over their NL West competitors in the 2nd video game of their four-game weekend set.
His crowning achievement in the 5th inning provided the Padres a 3-1 lead.
Tatis Jr. doubled his crowning achievement overall on the season with the blasts, which were the 2 hardest-hit homers of his profession, per Statcast. Possibly his 4th profession multi-homer video game is the jump-start his season, which included an early stint on the hurt list, required after he got in Friday night with a .163 average with 2 crowning achievement. He completed 3-for-5 with 3 RBI Friday night in the Padres’ 6-1 win.
Tatis Jr. stated he shared a minute on the phone with his daddy after the video game.
“He was really happy,” Tatis stated. “He was saying how blessed we are. It’s just been a celebration all the way around in my family. It’s definitely something we’re going to take into our last day in this world.”
Contributing: Associated Press
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