Fernando Tatis (far right, No. 17) has risen from the dead, folks. Mr. Tatis — he of the two grand slams in one inning with the Cardinals in 1999 — hit a game-winning double in extra innings to give Willie Randolph and his Mets a 7-6 victory.
Trivia: Off which pitcher did Tatis hit both his grand slams in the Cardinals’ 11-run third inning against the Dodgers? Answer at the end of this post.
When researching this fine post, I wondered aloud who Tatis played for last season. Turns out he didn’t play for anybody.
He got into 28 games with Baltimore in 2006, but before that was last seen when the there was still a team called the Montreal Expos in 2003. But the real question is when was the last time Fernando Tatis was actually relevant.
Short answer: 1999. Yeah, he hit two grand slams in one inning and will forever be an answer to a trivia question I’ll always get right. Turns out he was also pretty good the whole year. He hit .298 with 34 home runs and 107 RBI.
All that while protecting the man who hates talking about the past, Mark McGwire.
So yeah, Tatis is back. Does it say something about what state the Mets are in when Fernando freakin’ Tatis is starting in right field? Probably. But hey, let the guy have his moment, will ya?
Answer: Chan Ho Park.
Photo: Associated Press via ESPN.com