With certain players, you just know, and San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of them. From playing soccer and tripping/falling while dealing with an injury last season, to getting into a motorcycle accident and missing most of 2022, to now facing a PED suspension that will likely see him out for parts of 2023, Tatis Jr. is watching his stock plummet as Los Angeles Dodgers fans enjoy the ride.
On Friday evening, as everyone was waiting for MLB action to start, ESPN insider Jeff Passan dropped the bomb on Twitter to ruin every Padres fans’ night. Then Major League Baseball made it official: Tatis Jr. will be suspended for 80 games, meaning he’ll officially be out for 32 games next year (the Padres have 48 remaining on this year’s schedule).
It was the Friday news dump of all Friday news dumps. Tatis Jr. was finally on a rehab assignment nearing a return to the big league roster as he worked his way back from an injured wrist, and this derails everything for the Dodgers’ division rival.
The suspension takes the shine off the Padres’ epic trade deadline, which was supposed to make them a behemoth for the remaining 40-plus games and postseason. Now? They’ll have to live with this overshadowing every last positive thing general manager AJ Preller has done.
Twitter, take it away! (But here’s evidence of the official news first, before we begin our fun ripping the Pads.)
Dodgers fans are ripping the Padres for Fernando Tatis Jr’s PED suspension
OK, now for the cheap shots.
Yup, he’s about as useful as James Shields now, too.
Even Charlie Murphy’s laughing!
It’s true. He got $340 million after playing just 143 games across two MLB seasons. Unbelievable work by San Diego.
Call your friends and family in San Diego to offer some words of support.
We’ve got the Moneyball scouting report on Tatis Jr., finally!
Somehow, there’s even a Euphoria meme for this. Tatis Jr. has bridged gaps where we didn’t even know they could exist.
That should just about do it. Perfect way to end things. Sorry about the ruined weekend/happy hour/season/life, Padres fans. But this is just the way it is for you.
The Dodgers remain top dogs thanks to sound decision making while you chase your tail trying to catch the best team in baseball. And it all came undone thanks to the man you invested your entire future in. Can’t wait for the documentary, which will no doubt come before a World Series appearance.