One minor league pitcher let his feelings about an MLB star be known on Wednesday night. Kade McClure, a pitcher in the San Francisco Giants farm system, threw shade at Fernando Tatis Jr. after facing the shortstop in minor league action.
Tatis is currently “rehabbing” with the Padres as he serves out a 20-game suspension for PED use. He’s set to return to the bigs on April 20th.
While he can’t play for San Diego over the first few weeks of the season, he is able to rev up for his MLB debut in the minors.
He suited up for Triple-A affiliate El Paso on Wednesday night for some midweek baseball, facing off against the Sacramento River Cats. While facing Kade McClure, Tatis absolutely smashed a pitch over the left field wall.
He then proceeded to pimp the no-doubter before rounding the bases to an array of boos.
He know? He knew.
Tatis Jr goes deep in the Sacramento night!#FearTheEars x #BringTheGold pic.twitter.com/a1OFmiRi3R
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) April 6, 2023
McClure apparently didn’t take kindly to the strut, and he let it be known on social media after the game.
The pitcher took a shot at Tatis and the current suspension he’s serving, posting a message on Twitter calling him a cheater.
**cheater hits a homerun on a rehab assignment during a steroid suspension** https://t.co/1gTgo9Pa8a
— Kade McClure (@kademcc) April 6, 2023
Fans were quick to react to the vicious jab as they posted responses in the comments section.
One person said, “He ain’t lying,” while another wrote, “You’re not wrong.”
The overwhelming majority of the replies came from Padres fans, though.
— Leo Saperstein 🇺🇸🇮🇱✡️🟣 (@saperstein21) April 6, 2023
This person replied, “You got bombed, quit crying.” Someone else said, “Probably wouldn’t go on Twitter and cry after giving up a homer to a generational talent.”
Tatis has a few more weeks of minor league ball remaining. We’ll see how many more pitchers he can upset.