In the eighth inning of a game his San Diego Padres led by seven runs over the Texas Rangers, Fernando Tatis Jr., reveling in the spoils of a 3-and-0 count, swung and hammered his second home run of the game, a grand slam that turned a rout into a runaway.
After, Rangers manager Chris Woodward expressed some dismay over Tatis swinging in such a count in such a situation, one that barely registers on baseball’s spectrum that’s roughly the equivalent of not blitzing the other quarterback when you’re up six touchdowns.
“Just because I don’t like it,” the second-year manager said of Tatis’ swing, “doesn’t mean it’s not right.”
That’s also fine.
We’re all for marveling at greatness, and Tatis exudes it every time he steps on a baseball diamond. It’s true: Tatis swinging at that pitch rather than accepting a 3-and-1 count brought more joy to the world, or at least to the scattered few actually tuned into the late innings of a Padres-Rangers blowout on a Monday evening in the middle of a global pandemic.