Fernando Tatis Jr. and ignominy?

I don’t normally post photos of myself (see above), but I thought some might enjoy reading about my current dilemma. But first, a little background.

San Diego Padres shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr., has been in the sports news quite a bit lately. The Padres picked up 17YO Fernando Tatis Jr. in a trade with the Chicago White Sox back in 2016. After three years of rapid development in the Padres’ minor leagues farm system, Fernando was promoted to the big league roster in March 2019 at the tender age of 20. El Niño was so impressive in his first two seasons and widely acknowledged as a “generational talent” that the Padres gave him a 14-year, $340 million contract extension prior to the 2021 campaign.

Above: Fernando “El Niño” Tatis Jr.

Giving a young man a lot of recognition and money is usually a recipe for disaster. Tatis was involved in multiple motorcycle accidents in the 2021-2022 offseason. He reported to Spring Training with an untreated fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist. That was really dumb. Surgery was performed on Tatis’ wrist on March 16 and after nearly five months of rehab, he was close to rejoining the team. However, on August 12, MLB announced that Tatis was suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid. Tatis accepted the suspension, but alleged, “I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm (supposedly contracted from a haircut) that contained Clostebol.” Many doubt the veracity of Tatis’ alibi. The bottom line is the Padres’ $24M/year young and reckless superstar won’t be returning to baseball until May 2023.

Okay, now what about the old guy in the top photos decked out in a Tatis t-shirt? Our oldest son gave me that shirt as a gift a year ago. Clothes hounds say no sensible man should wear a sports jersey/t-shirt past the age of 29. Ach. I never did conform to fashion. But now I feel kind of foolish wearing the t-shirt of a cheater in public. What a dilemma!

Back in the day, when a person got caught in some type of nefarious public scandal, they became social outcasts/pariah for the rest of their lives. Hester Prynne had to wear a scarlett “A.” Oops! She was fictional. What about the 1919 Chicago White Sox who blew the World Series on purpose and became known as the Black Sox? What about the Milli Vanilli guys who went into hiding after being exposed for not actually singing on their albums? I remember a young Kodak Elmgrove HR hiring manager back in the 1980s, John B—-, who extorted from $500 to $1000 from job applicants, but got found out when people were subsequently laid off and demanded their money back. It’s certain B—- never held a job in the corporate world again. But things are loosening up a bit in this degenerating society. These days a person can be elected president of the United States even after having multiple adulterous affairs. Experts in “crisis PR” are kept very busy coaching scandal-tainted celebrities on how to rehabilitate their careers. Fernando Tatis Jr. will serve out his suspension and be back on the field in nine months, but many baseball fans will always think of El Niño as a cheater.

I’m so grateful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because He didn’t turn away the social outcasts and pariahs. He actually hung out with them and preached the Good News! to them. We all have done or thought sinful things that we’re ashamed of, whether we got caught or not. Jesus knows all and will forgive all if we repent and trust in Him as Savior by faith alone. There’s no ignominy in Christ Jesus.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

24 thoughts on “Fernando Tatis Jr. and ignominy?

    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth! I did a little research and found out FT was raised in “the church,” although that doesn’t necessarily mean he ever accepted Jesus Christ as Savior.

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  1. Great post, Tom, and I also now know what you look like. Once a pretty avid Dodger fan who listened to Vince Scully and Jerry Doggett announce night games with a transistor radio under my pillow, I have no idea who Tatis Jr. is. That gives you some idea of how long I have been away from the pros for the most part. I have heard that there is a player who is knocking on the door of Roger Maris’s real home run record of 61. I saw that he just blasted his 50th the other day. I can’t remember his name though. Baseball is a great game. I played mostly as a shortstop myself until I got my first job.
    I actually watched a few games this year when Arkansas University made it to the college world series. You are probably well aware that college baseball is changing quite dramatically with the transfer portal. Still, I enjoyed the few games I watched.

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    1. I started following the Padres in 1970 when I was 14YO. The team has had a lot more downs than ups over the years. Most baseball fans in these parts predictably follow the Yankees.That would be Aaron Judge hitting all those homers for the Yanks, quite a talent. I had to google “transfer portal” because I don’t follow college sports, except for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey, mainly because I’m an alum. I enjoy following my Padres, Knicks, Chargers, and RIT Tigers, but I don’t pay much attention to the other teams in the leagues.

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      1. Thanks for the background to your interest in the Padres. I had to look up baseball divisions to find that the Padres and Dodgers are still in the same division. They had quite the rivalry back when I was paying attention to pro baseball.
        Did you grow up in the San Diego area?

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      2. The Padres’ “normal” position in the NL West is looking up at the Dodgers.
        My father had zero interest in sports, so when all the guys in 8th grade were talking football and I had no clue I forced myself to sit down and watch my first game, which just happened to be the San Diego Chargers vs. the World Champion NY Jets. I fell for those lightning Bolts and the Chargers’ aerial attack – which featured Razorback great, Lance “Bambi” Alworth. I figured since I was a Chargers fan, I might as well follow the San Diego Padres, too. Made perfect sense to a 13YO living in Western New York.

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      3. Alworth was a great player for sure and I had no idea that he played college in Arkansas. Your 13 year old logic makes perfect sense to me after having taught that age group for many years.

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    1. Yup, with all of the internet sleuthing resources available and the ubiquitous cell phone cameras, it’s difficult for anyone to hide anything these days. Good idea. I will wear that “disgraceful” shirt in public as an opportunity to witness.
      Thanks and hope you have a blessed weekend as well!

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    1. I cleaned up what I could, but called a tree removal service for an estimate on removing the trunk and for taking down the three other dead trees before they topple down on our roof or somebody else’s. We’re talking multiple thousands of dollars. Argh.

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  2. Wow this shows how we can’t know the future of anybody even if they are promising. Things will happen and sin can foster and grow more with lies, cover ups, etc. Sorry about this player being underwhelming even though he has such a bright prospect. I love how you went towards the direction of sharing the Gospel with the conclusion! Epic!

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    1. Thanks for the good comments, brother! This young ballplayer’s public disgrace and humiliation was uncomfortable to watch and reminded me that omniscient, omnipresent God sees all sin and will hold all accountable…but also provides a pardon in Jesus Christ!

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  3. I am very grateful that I was not a world famous celebrity when I was in my twenties!

    I like Cathy’s idea of wearing the shirt around the house and using it as a reminder to pray for him. My precious daughter-in-law is close to his age and she was also born in the Dominican Republic. Perhaps you will say a prayer for Natalia when you wear the shirt? 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Linda Lee! I am likewise grateful that I was not a celebrity under incredible scrutiny. Many are jealous of celebrities’ money and status without realizing the burdens that come with all of that. Yes, I will make it a point to also pray for Natalia when I wear the shirt. You’re a loving Mom-in-law.

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