Yasiel Puig has been in the big leagues for just over a month and has already been painted as a villain and someone that the media finds it difficult to talk to.
So far, there seems to be a budding rivalry between Puig and the Arizona Diamondbacks as he was hit by Ian Kennedy last month that ignited a brawl between the two teams.
One Diamondbacks player in particular, Miguel Montero, seems to have it out for Puig according Tyler Emerick of MLB.com:
“If he’s my teammate, I probably try to teach him how to behave in the big leagues,” Montero said. “He’s creating a bad reputation around the league, and it’s unfortunate because the talent that he has is to be one of the greatest players in the big leagues. Right now, I’m not going to say he’s the best because he hasn’t proved anything yet. Does he have talent? Of course.”
Montero seems to be upset with Puig after he ran him over at home plate the night before and while he was clearly going to be out, he gave him the Dikembe Mutombo winger wave after the play.
The Dodgers completed the three-game sweep against the Diamondbacks last night to pull within 1.5 of first place as Puig saw his batting average drop below .400 for the first time.
Puig is in his “first slump”of his young career, but with Hanley Ramirez hitting the way he is, the Dodgers offense is still performing at a high level.
The Dodgers-Diamondbacks rivalry seems to be alive and well as Puig becomes the one player every opposing team targets when they play the Dodgers.