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Fernando Tatis Jr. has a grand slam 'cycle' 

The Tatis family LOVES grand slams
@michaelsclair
August 21, 2020

Four grand slams in four straight games. That's what the San Diego -- ahem, excuse me -- the Slam Diego Padres pulled off during their sweep of the Rangers this week.

Four grand slams in four straight games. That's what the San Diego -- ahem, excuse me -- the Slam Diego Padres pulled off during their sweep of the Rangers this week.

It was historic -- no team in baseball's long history had ever pulled off a slam in four consecutive games.

It was incredible, stretching the belief of what was possible as the Padres managed to keep loading the bases and driving everyone in with a single swing each night.

And it was delicious, especially since it all started with Fernando Tatis Jr's slam on a 3-0 pitch that upset the Rangers for a perceived swipe at the unwritten rules. (For the record, it is always right and proper to hit dingers.)

But there's one more interesting fact about all these slams and it's one you may be shocked to learn: Tatis was involved in every one, even if when he wasn't at the plate. Now, I'm not saying that he has some kind of magical power that allows him to inspire salamis -- that he's some kind of grand slam whisperer -- but I'm also not not saying that.

After starting the grand slam party on Monday, he was on third base when Wil Myers went deep the next day. Tatis was on first when Manny Machado hit a grand slam on Wednesday, and to complete the collection, he was on second for Hosmer's fourth and most recent slam.

Yeah, that's a grand slam cycle.

Tatis seemed to know it, too. Check out the four fingers he held up after scoring on Hosmer's homer:

Of course, it shouldn't be too shocking considering that the Tatis family now owns the grand slam record book. Tatis' father, Fernando Tatis Sr., is the only player to ever hit two grand slams in a single inning.

Will the Padres manage to pull it off for a fifth consecutive game? And how will Tatis manage to be involved this time?

They'll have to do it against the Astros and Lance McCullers Jr. on Friday night -- and McCullers has yet to give up a grand slam in his big league career.

If the Padres pull it off, you better believe there will be dancing.

Michael Clair writes for MLB.com. He spends a lot of time thinking about walk-up music and believes stirrup socks are an integral part of every formal outfit.