Dodgers' Trevor Bauer 'All For' Fernando Tatis Jr. Celebrating Home Runs

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer supports celebrations from Fernando Tatis Jr., even if it comes at his own expense.

Bauer discussed the situation after his team's 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday:


"I'm all for it. I think it's important that the game moves in that direction and we stop throwing at people because they celebrated having some success on the field." @BauerOutage on Fernando Tatis Jr.'s celebrations. (via @SportsNetLA) https://t.co/Cw74UiU5dI

"You give up a homer, a guy should celebrate it," the reigning NL Cy Young winner said. "It's hard to hit in the big leagues."

The question came after Tatis hit two home runs against Bauer, mocking him by covering one eye while rounding the bases:

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Tatis closed one eye after hitting this HR off Bauer 👀 (via @MLB) https://t.co/GSgmLTav7K

It was a reference to Bauer pitching with one eye closed against the Padres in spring training.

"I figured if they can't score off me with one eye open, it's going to be difficult to score off me with two eyes open," Bauer said in March. "Just having a little bit of fun."

It opened him up to criticism down the road, but he was fine with the return jab from Tatis.

Not everyone has felt the same about Tatis, who hasn't been shy about displaying emotion during his short career in the majors. He opened questions about the sport's "unwritten rules" last year when he hit a grand slam on a 3-0 count. The Texas Rangers threw at teammate Manny Machado on the next pitch.

It's an issue other places in the league, where celebrating too hard leads to benches being cleared.

Bauer said Saturday pitchers who get upset or throw at opposing batters are "soft," and he appears willing to let players have fun while playing the game.