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Delino DeShields Jr. responds to criticism of Fernando Tatis Jr.

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Unwritten rules are garbage, swinging at a meatball in a 3-0 count is not

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In case you missed it, Fernando Tatis Jr. is the least necessary hot water imaginable. He had the audacity to swing at a hittable pitch in a 3-0 count when his team was winning game that wasn’t technically over, resulting in widespread diaper-wetting by some of baseball’s oldest, most irrelevant losers.

His grand slam in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers (also his second homer run of the game) extended a large lead and caused the Rangers and grumpy weirdos everywhere to lose their minds. Rangers manager Chris Woodward was incensed that someone would hit a baseball against his bad team, and after throwing a temper tantrum in the dugout, he instructed his pitcher to throw at Manny Machado. They’ve since been suspended.

“Leader” Eric Hosmer was also seen giving Tatis a stern talking to in the dugout following the homer. We can’t know for sure what he said, but it sure looked like someone who was overpaid on an imaginary “leadership” skillset lecturing one of the game’s brightest stars on imaginary rules that no one should care about.

Where Tatis’ own teammates and manager were too cowardly to stand up for their star player, several others around baseball chimed in with support for fun. One of those was Delino DeShields Jr., who went off in a Twitter thread on his own experiences breaking baseball’s “unwritten rules” and the hypocrisy of their existence.