Trevor Bauer Puts Fernando Tatis Jr. On Blast For Cheating | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
There is a budding rivalry in the NL West between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. As the two teams battled this weekend, passionate play was on display and the trash talking made it to social media, where bat flips and celebrations were, at first, accepted. Then came Sunday when accusations of cheating were made by the reigning World Series champions, with the trash talking becoming personal between a Dodger ace and the Padres young superstar hitter. With MLB fans already rooting for these two teams to play in October, the question has been asked: Should players who are cheating rub it in the faces of their opponents by celebrating their achievements?
Fernando Tatis Jr. covered up one eye after he hit a home run off of Trevor Bauer! pic.twitter.com/tq1TmNy7dI
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 25, 2021
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer pitched with one eye closed vs. the Padres in Spring Training.
Fernando Tatis Jr. got revenge after he homered off of him tonight pic.twitter.com/qPjBdsZVZ6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 25, 2021
Trevor Bauer is never one to hold back what he is thinking. To his credit, after the Dodgers free agent signing was tattooed for a pair of home runs by Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr., Bauer took it in stride. Bauer, at first, even accepted being trolled while Tatis rounded the bases and covered one of his eyes during his first home run trot … that’s because it was Bauer who was pitching spring training game with one eye open.
If you need to know what pitch is coming that badly, just ask daddy nicely next time @tatis_jr . You know I ain’t scared homie. https://t.co/dVbRDjH4Tx
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) April 25, 2021
Sunday the tone of the trash talking changed for Bauer when he quote tweeted an accusation made against Tatis that the young slugger was peeking back and stealing signs. Bauer, never at a loss for words said, “If you need to know what pitch is coming that badly, just ask daddy nicely next time @tatis_jr … You know I ain’t scared homie.”
While the video retweeted by Bauer does appear to show Tatis looking down and backwards when the catcher is giving the pitcher signs on his second home run, the shortstop didn’t add fuel to this fire with his reply of “Tranquilo hijo,” Spanish for “Calm down, son.”
Bauer, who defended the right of any Major Leaguer to celebrate a home run on Saturday, said this on Sunday in his vlog posted on You Tube:
“If you’re gonna do that and celebrate it, I mean you got to — that’s tough … Either be good enough to not have to look at the signs and then you can celebrate it. Or, if you do have to look at the signs, I don’t know about the celebration.”
Last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner later issued this warning to Tatis and other peeking hitters, “If you start looking at signs, if you start pulling this bush league stuff, that’s when a lot of people get pissed off. That’s the type of stuff that would get you hit in other games. I’m going to send my message here and tell him that’s not OK — while other pitchers might respond with the ball in their hand.”
Trevor Bauer wants to see more celebrations from batters and calls pitchers throwing at those who celebrate "soft." pic.twitter.com/q36uIUPUlz
— ESPN (@espn) April 25, 2021
Bauer is 100% right here and I give him credit for calling out Fernando Tatis, Jr. While true Bauer may also be bending the rules by using things to help him grip and throw his pitches better, the unwritten rule that he cites is on point here.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are no strangers to teams cheating against them, having lost one and maybe two World Series titles to the Astros and Red Sox before finally winning last year. Bauer, who is new to the team this year, would be calling out anyone that did what Tatis did. And with both players being superstars and now division rivals, you can expect to see fireworks when these two All-Stars take the field again. That’s because the lesson that the Houston Astros taught Major League Baseball is cheaters need to be like ninjas or cat burglars, not seen or heard from with only the results of their work known. Because when you cheat and then boast about your success, your fellow athletes don’t like that too much, and they will let you know about it in no uncertain terms, such as a 100 MPH fastball in your ribcage.
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