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Trevor Bauer, Fernando Tatis Jr. Trade Twitter Jabs After Padres Star's HR

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2021

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. tosses his bat after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Fernando Tatis Jr. took Trevor Bauer deep twice during Saturday's matchup between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, and he wasn't shy about celebrating either dinger.Β 

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

TATIS ON THE SECOND PITCH OF THE GAME 😱 Took Trevor Bauer DEEP. (via @MLB) https://t.co/37ECuVpgrP

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Tatis goes yard AGAIN on Bauer. Strutted across home plate after πŸ’° (via @MLB) https://t.co/KpH050BW0v

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer pitched with one eye closed vs. the Padres in Spring Training. Fernando Tatis Jr. got revenge after he homered off of him tonight πŸ‘€ https://t.co/qPjBdsZVZ6

Video of one of the home runs appeared to show Tatis looking down toward the ground, or potentially in the direction of the catcher's mitt, before one of the home runs. Bauer pretty playfully pointed that out on Twitter Sunday, and Tatis quickly responded with a post of his own:

Fernando Tatis Jr. @tatis_jr

@BauerOutage Tranquilo hijo . https://t.co/lRe2hBLmR8

To Bauer's credit, he said he wasn't particularly bothered by Tatis' celebrations following his two moon shots:Β 

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

"I’m all for it. I think it’s important that the game moves in that direction." Trevor Bauer on Fernando TatΓ­s Jr.'s celebrations (via @BallySportsSD) https://t.co/z1NLmt5OAx

It probably helped that the Dodgers won the game 5-4.

Besides, a little bit of trash talk and bad blood between divisional rivals is a good thing for baseball, a sport that has often self-policed such drama out of the game with its archaic unwritten rules. Turns out sports fans like to see athletes showing emotion and talking some smack. There's a reason the NFL was dubbed the "No Fun League" when it imposed stringent touchdown celebrations on its players.Β