Before the Los Angeles Dodgers took the field for their home opener, controversy began to hover what was an otherwise picturesque day. Matt Kemp was activated from the disabled list but not in the starting lineup, which according to reporters on hand, upset the center fielder.

The attention then quickly shifted away from Kemp when Yasiel Puig walked into the Dodgers clubhouse late. The late arrival led to Puig being scratched from the lineup, replaced by Kemp. Among those who were in support of Mattingly’s decision to bench Puig was Magic Johnson. Along with supporting Mattingly, Johnson also expressed hope that Puig would realize and capitalize on the opportunity that is available to him.

In an interview after the Dodgers’ loss, Puig took responsibility for arriving late and seemed remorseful for what occurred, which leads to hope he will learn from his latest mishap.

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A ‘Clunker’: Dodgers Fall To Giants In Home Opener, 8-4 — OC Register

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Four-Outfielder Drama Begins Ominously — ESPN LA

MLB News

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Ryan Braun Booed In First Road Game Since Suspension — Sporting News

Blackmon Goes 6 For 6 In Rockies’ Rout Of Diamondbacks — CBS Sports

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About The Author

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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