Yasiel Puig’s first time participating in All-Star festivities failed to meet the immense expectations that were placed on him.
Puig’s struggles began Monday night when he joined Mike Piazza on the list of Los Angeles Dodgers who failed to hit a single home run in the Home Run Derby. Then in the All-Star Game, Puig went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
Despite not performing well, Puig didn’t make any excuses but also wasn’t discouraged, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA:
I did the best I can,” Puig said through an interpreter. “I participated in the Home Run Derby and didn’t hit home runs. I played in the game and had three punchouts. It happens.”
Puig added he’s concentrated on playing to the best of his abilities himself during the final stretch of the season:
Now, I’m focused on doing the best I can in the second half. And if I get a second opportunity to be an All-Star, I think I’ll do better.”
More All-Star Game experience should help Puig in his Midsummer Classic results for years to come.
This season, Puig is batting .309 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs. More importantly, the Dodger slugger has propelled his team into a one-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West Standings as well as 11 games over .500.
After finishing the final week before the All-Star break at home with a four-game series against the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers won’t see the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine until July 29.
Beginning Friday, the team will be on the road for nine consecutive games — starting with a three-game series in St. Louis. It’s the Dodgers first visit to Busch Stadium since their 2013 postseason run came to a humbling end.
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