The Padres and Dodgers have quickly developed an intense and heated rivalry, and given MLB’s unbalanced scheduling that means both teams will see each other plenty throughout the season.

That includes a series this weekend at Dodger Stadium, with the Padres taking wins in the first two games heading into today. Last night Fernando Tatis Jr. went deep twice, and he followed it up tonight by launching one off of Dodgers starter (and total knob) Trevor Bauer.

Tatis, though, took it a step farther by mocking Bauer as he rounded first:

That’s a solid tweaking of Bauer, who pitched with one eye closed against San Diego during spring training. Of course, Bauer is on the record supporting Tatis bringing flair to the game (a rare likable moment for Bauer!), though that was before they were divisional rivals.

The Padres were off to a relatively slow start to the season, and a Dodgers sweep this weekend may have really been damaging for San Diego’s NL West hopes. If the Padres hold on to win tonight, though, taking at least three games against LA, it’s only going to increase the importance of future meetings between these two teams, who genuinely don’t seem to like each other.

That’s a good thing!

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.