Fernando Tatis Jr. will evoke the Mamba Mentality when the Padres visit the L.A. Dodgers this week … ’cause the MLB star copped some custom Jordans in honor of Kobe Bryant.
TMZ Sports has learned … El Niño hit up Stadium Custom Kicks to get some special cleats for San Diego’s upcoming series at Dodger Stadium … requesting a tribute to the late Lakers legend.
Tatis — who signed a $340 million deal with SD in 2021 — is now the proud owner of a truly one-of-a-kind, purple and gold pair of Jordan 1s … decked out in around 4,750 crystals.
The cleats also feature Bryant’s two retired jersey numbers on the heel — No. 8 and No. 24.
It’s fitting for Tatis to rock the Kobe kicks in the series, which kicks off Monday night … considering Bryant hit up several Dodger games during his time in Los Angeles. He also threw the first ceremonial pitch in 2000.
In fact, Bryant’s oldest daughter, Natalia, did the exact same thing earlier this month … throwing the first pitch to Mookie Betts.