San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr. has last laugh over taunting Yankees fans
By Kevin Henry
With the San Diego Padres hitting the Bronx for a three-game series against the New York Yankees, it's no surprise that Yankees fans are giving Fernando Tatis Jr. plenty of grief every time he takes his position in the outfield. However, after a few innings of taunts, Tatis happily reminded Yankees fans about his power and ability to put a big dent in their team's hopes for a win.
San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr. hits home run and then tells Yankees fans about it
In the sixth inning of Friday night's game, with the Padres already staked to a 2-0 lead on a two-run blast by Juan Soto, Tatis stretched the San Diego lead with a home run of his own.
The home run was the eighth of the season for the 24-year-old All-Star outfielder, who was reportedly being taunted by Yankees fans with chants of "Steroids" when he was taking his spot in right field. The chant was in response to Tatis missing the start of the season after being suspended 80 games for the use of Clostebol, an anabolic steroid.
While Tatis has heard the chant in several cities, even dancing to the chants and jeers while in Chicago at Wrigley Field, there has likely never been a sweeter way to hush up the opposing crowd than what Tatis did on Friday night.
And Tatis didn't just hush up the crowd. He also engaged with them when he headed back to the outfield after hitting his blast.
There's also a NSFW version of how Tatis was playing to the New York crowd that you can see here.
After Rougned Odor saved the Padres from defeat on Thursday afternoon with a three-run blast in the top of the ninth in Washington, the home runs have once again come into play for San Diego in New York. While hitting the home run felt great for Tatis, having the chance to ask Yankees fans about it was likely even sweeter.