May 29, 2008 For what it's worth Fernando Tatis wrote himself into Mets lore last night with his clutch 2 out, 2 RBI double to beat the first place Marlins 7-6 in a walk off win.
Now we just need to see if this is the beginning of a year of valuable contributions from a former star looking for one last shot or just 2008's version of Chip Ambres. But for one night Fernando Tatis owned New York.
May 29, 2008 Fernando Tatis owns a single-game record that will probably never be duplicated, let alone bested. He is the only player in major-league history to hit two grand slams in one inning (!!). The eight RBI's in the inning is, obviously, also an all-time record. He hit the salamis off future-Met Chan Ho Park (which, given Park's short Met career, ain't that surprising).
More to the point - Tatis was once a very promising and dangerous young player. Injuries took their toll, and he was out of organized baseball for two years. He fought his way all the way back to the majors. Ya gotta root for this guy. A few more hits like yesterday's walk-off double will make him very popular here.
May 31, 2008 He came through again today getting the go ahead RBI. Gotta root for the guy.
July 7, 2008 Well that's two big game winners from Mr. Tatis.
He's been a valuable bat off the bench to say the least. Always good to see a nice comeback story especially since this guy is always hustling and bringing a more multi-dimensional game than just hitting for power. Ironically I thought he'd hit more homers and he's basically doing little things and not going for the big blast. But that homer last night against the Phillies certainly was well-timed.
July 14, 2008 He sat in New Orleans all of 2007 while guys like Ricky Ledee and David Newhan got the call from Shea. It didn't appear the Mets had much confidence in him, but I think they are glad they have him now. Nice bat off the bench and spot starter.
Pedro's Bad Foot
February 9, 2009 If the Mets had him through until the end of the season, they would have been in the playoffs.