Fernando Tatis Jr

The hero of Sunday Night Baseball’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres was LA’s Mookie Betts, who sent the game to extra innings with a two-out, ninth-inning home run.

The goat, at least according to ESPN analyst Eduardo Pérez, was SD’s Fernando Tatís Jr, for not being Mookie Betts.

After going 0-3 to start the game and having a mishap that led to a Tatís double in the first inning, Betts came up big in the ninth, sending a solo shot over the wall to force extra innings between the heated NL West rivals. The dinger also prompted a not-too-subtle shot at Tatís’s expense.

“That’s what a superstar looks like, Nando. Mookie Betts,” said Pérez as the camera lingered on Tatís watching the home-run celebration. “Redeeming himself after that first-inning mishap that he owned.”

The Dodgers went on to win the game 5-2 in extra innings and Tatís finished 1-for-5 with one run and a strikeout.

Clearly, Pérez is holding onto a lot of resentment over Tatís’s recent spat of incidents that have derailed his meteoric rise and cast doubt on his maturity. The Padres star was suspended for 80 games for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drugs policy last season and finally got shoulder surgery after resisting doing so for some time.

Reactions to Pérez’s dig were mixed, presumably down rooting lines. While some found the dig unnecessary and over-the-top, others felt that it was backed up by truth.

In his fifth MLB season, Tatís does have a ways to go to match numbers with the 2018 AL MVP overall. However, if his troubles are indeed behind him, all signs point to the Padres’ slugger making a solid run at doing so and continuing to put up superstar numbers all his own. The 24-year-old is just two years removed from hitting .282/.364/.611 with 97 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and an NL-leading 42 home runs.

[Awful Announcing on Twitter]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.