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Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. marks anniversary of dad’s historic feat with two of his own homers

Fernando Tatis Jr. showed impeccable timing in his two-house-operate match Friday night time.

The Padres shortstop went deep in consecutive at-bats towards Clayton Kershaw during a six-one San Diego victory, but even better than the “what” was the “when”: Tatis did it on the 22nd anniversary of his father hitting two grand slams in the exact same inning.

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And the “wherever” was quite fantastic, too: The Tatises each did their detail at Dodger Stadium. 

Oh, and did we mention that the youthful Tatis wears 23, his pops’ outdated selection? Yep, two 23s undertaking special matters on the twenty third.

The elder Tatis made baseball background April 23, 1999, with back-to-back slams in the third inning towards LA ideal-hander Chan Ho Park for the Cardinals. His son homered to nearly the exact same areas of the stadium off Kershaw. 

Dad has son beat eight RBIs to two as both of Junior’s major flies were solo shots, but that’s a slight quibble with these types of a key entertaining moment.

“Me playing currently on this area and undertaking, not what he did but some thing shut, it just signifies a good deal for me and for my relatives,” the youthful Tatis informed MLB Network in a postgame job interview.

Tatis was 3 months outdated when his father strike the two slams, but of course he figured out all about what occurred. He realized in advance of the match that he was about to participate in in the exact same park on the anniversary. 

“It is a special day but we didn’t communicate about it, most likely for the reason that we each know about baseball, we really don’t want to jinx it,” he reported. “What can I say? We are just happy it occurred.”

And to hear Tatis inform it, his personal house-operate tale will be an indelible chapter in the relatives background.

“It is really absolutely some thing me and my relatives will never overlook, some thing that we’re definitely going to choose to the grave,” he reported.