Fernando Tatis Jr. does a lot of things well on the baseball field. One of his best assets, though (besides his long golden hair), is his speed. He was 34th in the league last year in sprint speed at 29.3 feet per second, he stole 16 bases in just 84 games, he tagged up and scored on pop-ups to second base.
And during the Padres' 12-7 win over the Giants on Thursday, he showed off his elite baserunning once again on a steal in the seventh inning. Catcher Tyler Heineman popped up and couldn't have made a more perfect throw, it ran right into the runner sliding into second base. The only problem was that the runner was Fernando Tatis Jr. and, well, he was already there.
Heineman was dumbfounded -- witnessing the superstar abilities of Tatis Jr. in person for the very first time.
Yes. Wow, indeed. He should probably just stick the ball in his back pocket next time.