Mural of Padres’ Fernando Tatis Goes Up in Ocean Beach

by on May 12, 2021 · 13 comments

in Ocean Beach, San Diego, Sports

Appletree on Newport Avenue just joined the modern age with a brand new mural of Padres player Fernando Tatis.

Muralists Paul Jimenez and Signe Ditona were the creators of the large image – which is part of a series of murals the Padres commissioned they are painting.

The muralists also did the Tony Gwynn and Joe Musgrove murals earlier this year.

Appletree’s image pays homage to Tatis’ bat flip during the 2020 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The mural replaced a large, gaudy American flag image that had text that only thanked servicemen and not servicewomen.

Muralist Paul Jimenez

Screen grabs from Fox5.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Geoff Page May 12, 2021 at 1:02 pm

The guy does beautiful work without a doubt. But, this really amounts to advertising for the Padres. I’m sure Apple Tree is happy because they probably got paid but I would much rather see something more reflective of this oceanside community than a picture of a baseball player paid for by a billion dollar sports team.


Pete R May 12, 2021 at 3:36 pm

OB has a LOT of murals all over town – from the Street Fair community murals to the works of professional artists – and most of them have a very OB feel and are “reflective of this oceanside community.” Given that context, I don’t think having one mural for the locally loved baseball team is much of a problem.


Geoff Page May 12, 2021 at 4:21 pm

Ok, Peter, then don’t complain when McDonalds or some other corporation pays another building to paint one of their ads on the walls. We just got rid of most billboards polluting our vision, I guess this will be next.


Shane R May 13, 2021 at 10:02 am

I completely agree Pete, Padres have generations of community members that have supported this San Diego team, great site to see in my community! Go Padres!


Geoff Page May 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

It has always amazed me that San Diegans love their perennially bottom basement sports teams owned by people who have never cared about bringing in a winner because they make plenty of money off San Diegans who love their perennially bottom basement sports teams. Believe it or not, there are people in San Diego, lots of people, who don’t care about the Padres or baseball in general.


Shane R May 14, 2021 at 8:48 am

Happy to Amaze you! regardless of record or ownership, the memories with my family (especially the one’s that have past)going to games were worth the money! !

Lots of things in this town that people dislike…doesn’t make my support for what I enjoy any less.

Enjoy life in your own way without bringing other down is the way I’ll approach it.

Go Padres!


DrTom May 12, 2021 at 6:34 pm

Absolutely right! Thank you, Geoff


Dr. Jack Hammer May 12, 2021 at 4:14 pm

Better than the flag mural… but I could name at least 100 people more fitting than Tatis. Maybe it will bring more traffic to OB and the Cliffs, great!


Geoff Page May 12, 2021 at 4:22 pm

I agree that anything would be better than the flag mural but I draw the line at corporate sponsored art work.


Frank Gormlie May 13, 2021 at 8:01 am

Yeah, corporate-sponsored murals are a drag. And OB is the second top neighborhood to have the most murals, second to Barrio Logan, of course. Although, it is tough for a person of color to get in an OB mural – I don’t think there has been one since the infamous mural of 1977 which depicted Malcolm X and Emilio Zapata at the corner of Abbott and Santa Monica. It was blown away literally to make way for the nice “mall” across the street and disappeared in the collective memories of OBceans.


Debbi May 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm

Maybe a mural of him shopping at this/in this grocery store?

Now here is a WOW mural that would attract shoppers to the store….


DrTom May 12, 2021 at 6:37 pm

Here is an off topic comment.
Tatis is on the disabled list, because he has a Covid infection. Which is startling. Wouldn’t we think that he’s already had the vaccine? If not, why not? Is he a bad example?


Debbi June 9, 2021 at 6:12 pm

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