Did Twins troll Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. with advertisement during game?
Karma has a quick turnaround when dealing with the San Diego Padres, apparently. Ever since last Friday's Crying Kershaw stunt at Petco Park when the Pads took down Kersh and the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego proceeded to lose the next two games in extras after blowing 'em in the ninth.
They rebounded with a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, but then dropped the final two games to lose the series before they'll head to Dodger Stadium for a three-game set this coming weekend.
And in the midst of all this, Fernando Tatis Jr. was the subject of multiple troll jobs. The first came on Sunday Night Baseball when broadcaster Eduardo Perez unintentionally called out the star slugger after a game-tying Mookie Betts home run. Dodgers fans took no issue with it, but Perez apologized for it the next day.
Then, on Wednesday night in Minnesota, the Twins' local broadcast just so happened to display an advertisement specifically for folks who have been injured in a motorcycle accident while Tatis stepped into the batter's box in the third inning.
Dodgers: Did Twins troll Fernando Tatis Jr. with motorcycle ad on TV?
... annnnd Tatis struck out to end the inning. Was any of this a coincidence?! We think not! In case you needed a refresher, an offseason motorcycle accident was Part I of Tatis' 2022 season eventually being torpedoed. A PED suspension kept him off the field for the remainder of the campaign after his wrist injury from the incident finally healed.
That was a touchy subject for the Padres and their fans, too. There was loose chatter about the Padres potentially looking to void Tatis' contract. They had signed him to a 14-year, $340 million contract a year prior, which rewarded the team with a hellacious late-season collapse in 2021 and then a Tatis-less 2022.
Guess the next step is the Padres working to avoid laughingstock situations like these ... and the one where Tatis decided to dance in the Wrigley Field outfield as fans were chanting, "He's on steroids!"
Did the Dodgers reach out to Bally Sports North to get this dig in on Tatis without it being their direct doing so they could avoid the eventual karmic backlash (since we all know how this goes)? Coming up next at 11.