MIAMI — It’s handy to have another superstar.
The Padres announced Tuesday they have changed their scheduled Sept. 7 giveaway from a Fernando Tatis Jr. bobblehead to a Juan Soto City Connect “shirsey” giveaway.
Tatis was suspended 80 games Friday for violating MLB’s performance enhancing drug policy, 10 days after the Padres acquired Soto as part of a mammoth trade with the Washington Nationals.
The “shirsey,” which is a T-shirt designed to look like a jersey, will be in the style of the team’s City Connect uniforms and have Soto’s name and number on the back.
The Padres already had a Manny Machado bobblehead giveaway this season. Virtually every seat in the lower bowl and Gallagher Square has been sold for the Sept. 7 game. Several seats are available in the upper deck and on the secondary market.
Tatis is expected to meet Thursday with Padres President of Baseball Operations A.J. Preller and on Saturday with team Chairman Peter Seidler. Tatis also plans to address teammates at some point in the first few days the Padres are back in town following the conclusion of this road trip Wednesday.
Tatis is allowed to be at team facilities and work out with the team, but he cannot be on the field working out after gates open. The plan for how often Tatis is at Petco Park, or whether he will be, is not known.
Joe is a go
There is still a bobblehead giveaway coming.
One of the most iconic accomplishments in Padres history will be celebrated Thursday night when Joe Musgrove’s bobblehead, showing the moment after he completed the franchise’s only no-hitter, is given away to the first 35,000 fans through the gates.