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Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. crushed a home run and punctuated it with an elegant, emphatic bat drop

Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the rising stars in the game, a second-generation star carrying on the family tradition, so to speak. For the Padres' 20-year-old wunderkind, he's following in the footsteps of his dad, Fernando Tatis, who hit 33 of his 113 career home runs at the Cardinals' old Busch Stadium, spread across three seasons.

On Friday, Tatis and the Padres began a series against the Cardinals at the newer Busch Stadium, and the phenom took the opportunity to make his presence felt by launching a big homer off St. Louis' Alex Reyes. Tatis didn't flip his bat, opting instead for another stylized post-dinger celebration with this elegant and dramatic bat drop:

The elder Tatis may technically not have hit any home runs in the newer iteration of Busch Stadium, but this is pretty close. And I have to imagine he's feeling pretty proud of his son right now.