It’s rare that 21-year-old becomes the leader of a baseball team, but that’s exactly what’s happening with the San Diego Padres.
There’s really no question that Fernando Tatis Jr. is the leader of this San Diego Padres team and will be for years to come.
Every seen he came on the scene there has been a different vibe to the Padres and other players on the team feed off that vibe.
Jeff Passan of ESPN recently wrote an article explaining what Padres fans already know.
Try to watch that video and not get goosebumps. That’s exactly what Tatis does every time he steps on the field.
As Passan says, he’s must-see television every night.
And again, this is something Padres fans already knew and something they’ve been waiting on. But now it’s catching national attention and it won’t be long before he’s the face of baseball.
Of course, as we’ve seen with Mike Trout, you can be the best player in the world and still get overlooked if you’re team isn’t that good.
But the Padres are on the right trajectory with Tatis to become perennial playoff contenders.
If the 2020 season ended today the Padres would be in the postseason because of the expansion to 16 teams.
I really hope it happens so Tatis at least gets that taste of postseason baseball and so he gets even more national recognition.
As I wrote recently, you could tell Tatis was playing with a different intensity in that Dodgers series. To see him do that on the biggest stage would be such a joy to watch for any baseball fan.
And that’s what is so exciting about Tatis. Not only is he a Padre, but he’s someone that everyone loves to watch.
Like Trout, even if you don’t like the Angels, people tune in to watch Trout and root for him to succeed because he’s so fun to watch and such a good guy.
You get that same kind of vibe with Tatis. No matter who you’re a fan of, you want to watch this kid play.
The game is great hands with kids like Tatis leading the way. Just sit back and enjoy the show.