After a whole lot of fussing, San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. has finally apologized for his suspension of 80-games by Major League Baseball who announced that Tatis had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Clostebol.
“I have seen how my dreams have turned into my worst nightmares,” Tatis said, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “There’s no other one to blame than myself.
“I haven’t made the right decisions these past few weeks, month, even starting in the beginning of the year. I have made a mistake, and I regret every single step I have taken in these days. But there’s a long way going forward. There’s a very long way going forward. I’m gonna remember how this feels, and I’m gonna make myself not ever be in this position ever again. I know I have a lot of love that I have to gain back. I have a lot of work to do.”
Tatis was aware of his suspension back in July, and on August 12th, with the announcement of his suspension coming, Tatis booked a flight out of San Antonio, where he was in the final stages of his rehab assignment, without alerting the team.
“I freaked out,” Tatis said. “I freaked out.”
Tatis has been attempting to mend fences with a frustrated and disappointed Padres organization.
“A lot of tough love,” Tatis continued. “But at the same time, I feel like there was great communication. Fair words were out there. At the end of the day, they gave me a chance.”
“There’s no excuses,” Tatis said. “There’s no excuses. I need to do a way better job on what is going inside my body. There’s no excuse for these actions.”
Tatis will undergo shoulder surgery that he initially decided not to get at the end of the 2021 season with the expectation is that Tatis will be ready for full baseball activities by the start of spring training.