Ok, ok. The San Diego Padres got the series-opening win on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That narrowed the Dodgers’ division lead to … um … wait a second … oh they still lead by 17 games. Great, all bets are off. Any small Padres win isn’t going to change anything.
Admittedly, the Pads are heating up. They’ve won eight of their last 11. But even a victory in Dodger Stadium to continue their hot streak won’t make them immune to getting trolled or being the butt end of a joke.
Despite leading 5-0 in the fifth inning, LA fans were enjoying themselves just fine at the ballpark on Friday night. In fact, they stopped play at one point because they wanted to remind the Padres of their franchise player letting them down in 2021 and 2022 … and 2023!
Fernando Tatis Jr.’s last 12 months have been an abject embarrassment, with the situation culminating when MLB slapped an 80-game PED suspension on the 23-year-old in the beginning of August. No, wait, it’s still not over. The Padres revealed Tatis needed shoulder surgery stemming from an injury last season, but that surgery was delayed recent because he caught strep throat. Never ends with this guy.
No amount of prayers can save Tatis now, because Dodgers fans (and any other rival of the Padres) won’t let this one go. People don’t forget!
Dodgers fans trolled Fernando Tatis Jr with an inflatable PED on Friday night
Dodgers fans threw an inflatable PED on the field in what was a hilarious shot at the embattled star, who signed a $340 million contract before the start of last season. The stunt stopped play and the ball girl had to fetch it from the outfield and toss it into the bullpen.
It was even funnier that the Padres’ broadcast was confused by what was happening, then finally realized, and could only respond with an, “Oh boy.”
Even a 7-1 victory in enemy territory, which served the Dodgers its first regular-season loss by five runs or more in their last 229 games (!!), couldn’t keep the Padres from being the laughingstock for a single evening.
Until they miraculously shift the narrative, the Dodgers and their fans will always have the upper hand in all tangible and intangible facets. No amount of “fake World Series” tweets will change that, either.