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Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Mom is the Family's Backbone

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is arguably the face of MLB, following in and surpassing the footsteps of his father, Fernando Tatis Sr.

Tatis is a legitimate candidate to win National League MVP as his Padres vie for a playoff spot in the NL West. For all the baseball talent he acquired from his father, who spent 11 years in Major League Baseball and famously hit two grand slams in one inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tatis Jr.'s mother acts as the support system for the family.

Meet Mama Tatis and Fernando's No. 1 fan.

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Mom Defends Him No Matter What

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Fernando Tatis Jr.'s mom is the lovely Maria Tatis, born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Much like "El Niño," baseball is a huge part of her life. She and Tatis Sr. got married in 1998 and reportedly have four children together, including sons Fernando Jr., Elijah and Daniel, and daughter Maria Fernanda.

In a touching segment on ESPN, Fernando Tatis Jr. wrote a letter to his mother, telling her how important she was to him. Little did he know, his mother was waiting behind closed doors to surprise him in person.

Based on Maria's social media, it's safe to suggest family means everything to her. She frequently posts pics of her family to her Instagram account, whether her son Elijah, who plays baseball in the minor leagues in the Chicago White Sox farm system or Fernando crushing home runs and robbing base hits.

Maria can crush home runs, too.

I guess we know where Fernando got his swing from.

When Tatis hit a home run in the minor leagues while on suspension in April 2023, Sacramento River Cats pitcher Kade McClure called out Tatis on Twitter after he showboated the home run. Then mama Tatis stepped in to say McClure was envious.

Clearly, Maria isn't afraid of a little mama drama. She'll go to bat for her kid, the one they call El Niño, any time, any place. She's the backbone of the family and Tatis Jr.'s inspiration.

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