Fernando Tatis Jr, the shortstop and outfielder for the San Diego Padres, was seen taunting back at the steroid-chanting New York Yankees fans on camera. He hit a massive home run later in the game to help the Padres beat the Yankees by 5-1 at the Yankee Stadium in New York in front of a sellout crowd of 46,724 on hand Friday, May 26.
The 23-year-old Dominican, nicknamed "El Nino," has had it rough in the last few years as a professional baseball player. He went through a couple of surgeries to repair his left shoulder and right wrist injuries. Furthermore, Tatis got handed an 80-match suspension for a positive test for clostebol, an anabolic steroid for performance enhancement.
Ever since Fernando Tatis Jr made his return to the sport on April 20 of this year, he has been publicly shamed wherever he has gone and played games for San Diego. But on May 26, when the Padres went head-to-head against the Yankees in New York for the first time, the Dominican professional baseball player taunted back at the away fans who were chanting, “Steroids, Steroids,” at him.
Watch Padres' Tatis hits back at steroid-chanting Yankees fans:
After the game, he talked about the moment and said, “It’s loud, it’s New York, you’re going to hear everything. But just giving a good time to the fans. You’ve just got to learn how to embrace it and how to just give them some good feedback.”
Then, Tatis mentioned that his best comeback at Yankees fans was hitting that two-run upper-deck shot in the sixth inning for the Padres.
He was quoted as saying about the home run, “It felt amazing. I’ve been trying to get one like that since I started playing. But like I keep mentioning I’ve been hitting the ball hard. That’s one of the main keys for me.”