With his handful of national endorsement deals, his ability to command the nightly highlight shows with stupendous athleticism and the baseball-loving public's thirst to celebrate his many feats, it's easy to forget that Fernando Tatis Jr. has yet to even complete a full season in the major leagues.
His three years with the San Diego Padres have been curtailed by hamstring, back and wrist injuries sandwiched around the COVID-19 pandemic that limited the 2020 season to 60 games.
Yet Tatis, now 23, is approaching a milestone — 162 games played — that makes his accomplishments easier to contextualize.
And they are historic.
Tatis on Sunday played his 158th career game and it was a memorable one — he homered for the fifth time in three games at Dodger Stadium and stole a base that set up the go-ahead run in the 11th inning as the Padres won another epic over the Dodgers.