Bauer takes jab at Tatis for potentially stealing signs in 2-HR game
During his sixth-inning at-bat against Trevor Bauer, the San Diego Padres phenom appeared to glance back toward Dodgers catcher Will Smith before the pitch. Seconds later, Tatis deposited his second homer of the night deep into the left-center seats.
Bauer, never afraid to confront opponents, broached the topic with Tatis on Twitter on Sunday morning.
Rather than give anything away, Tatis responded with a picture of himself holding Bauer as a child, captioned "Tranquilo hijo":
Tatis celebrated multiple times after hitting his two home runs off Bauer, tossing his bat, stopping to shuffle his feet before reaching third base, and mimicking UFC star Conor McGregor - which Bauer has done previously - after crossing home plate. Tatis, 22, also covered one eye while rounding the bases on his first homer of the game, a nod to Bauer pitching with one eye closed during spring training.
Bauer acknowledged Tatis' celebrations following the game and, to his credit, stated he was "all for it."
Despite missing time with a shoulder injury, Tatis is off to a hot start this season, hitting .226/.305/.585 with six homers and two steals in 14 games.
Bauer, 30, is in his first season with the Dodgers. The reigning National League Cy Young winner has authored a 2.53 ERA and 3.47 FIP over 32 innings.
The Dodgers and Padres wrap up their second set of the campaign Sunday. The division rivals' season series is currently tied 3-3 with 13 games remaining.
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