Support for Tatis at home stays evident. Ricardo Lopez, who owns a bar near the waterfront in San Pedro de Macorís that Tatis and Robinson Canó have patronized, noted Tatis’s charitable actions and said, “He’s the very best, for me. He’s humble. I don’t think he did it intentionally like people say.”
When he apologized to teammates, the organization and the general public in August, Tatis called his P.E.D. violation “a silly mistake” and admitted to being “reckless.” To fans who’ve lost faith, Tatis vowed, “I’m going to provide them a story to imagine in me again.”
Tatis has not spoken publicly since August and just isn’t expected to provide interviews before spring training in 2023.
The off-field damage for Tatis could linger. A 12 months ago, his jersey was the second-most popular in the sport behind the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, in response to M.L.B. sales figures. Today, the shoe company Adidas publicly has cut ties with him. Spokespeople for Gatorade and Dairy Queen didn’t return emails for this story, but Tatis’s national spots with them appear to have been dropped as well.
“It’s not only that Tatis has harmed his marketing prospects, it’s how he compromised them,” said David Carter, a professor of sports business on the University of Southern California. “Many fans and consumers are willing to provide an athlete the good thing about the doubt, but when a high-profile case deals with the integrity of the game, it will probably be much harder to beat.”
Seidler, the team owner, said he still believes in Tatis and would do the identical 14-year contract again today even after the suspension.
“Absolutely. No regrets,” he said.
The Tatis family has moved to the upscale Dominican beachside community of Juan Dolio, but after the suspension they returned to a church of their home area of San Pedro de Macorís, often called the cradle of Dominican baseball due to ties to Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernández and Canó, amongst others. At that church, Jerusalén Primera, the congregation prayed over its fallen star.