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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

In praising one opponent, Yasiel Puig has ruffled the feathers of another. Or at least its broadcaster. With the Los Angeles Dodgers’ community caravan on hand at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Puig said the St. Louis Cardinals are the Dodgers’ primary rival.

His comment largely goes against what much of the fan base, and perhaps players believe, given the long history with the San Francisco Giants. Along with calling the Cardinals the primary rival, Puig added if the Dodgers are able to beat them, that they would go on to win the World Series.

That didn’t sit well with Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow, who had this to say on air with Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey on KNBR 680-AM:

He’s just young. He’s just young and dumb and he’s gonna say some stuff.”

Krukow also said he believes the Giants will use Puig’s comments as additional motivation in their first season removed from winning a third World Series in five years:

As a group, I doubt if they are gonna be talking about it openly, but they are gonna be thinking about it. They don’t miss stuff like that. If there was any way to refocus a whole group with a World Series hangover, this is it. Thank you Yasiel Puig.”

In his two years with the Dodgers, Puig’s season has twice come to an end at the hands of the Cardinals — in the 2013 NLCS and 2014 NLDS — which may have fed into his comments. It may also be tied to a young Cardinals fan who Puig said is driving him crazy.

That being said, Puig has more than gotten familiar with the Giants rivalry. During a May game at Dodger Stadium, he hit a home run off Madison Bumgarner and the two exchanged words as Puig closed in on home plate. Then in September with the NL West title still hanging in the balance, Bumgarner hit Puig with a pitch and the benches cleared.

Following the Dodgers’ win that night, Puig admitted to reacting to Bumgarner’s comment; the Giants’ ace maintained he didn’t intentionally plunk Puig. The Dodgers and Giants first Spring Training meeting will come on March 9 with their first regular season game scheduled for April 21 at AT&T Park.

The Dodgers finished 10-9 against the Giants last season, including winning seven of the last nine games. They set an opponent record with 24 hits and 17 runs scored in their 17-0 win at AT&T Park on Sept. 13.

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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

16 Responses

  1. Chris Mas

    Krukow is just mad because the Giants couldn’t beat the Dodgers last season and he knows what Puig said is true. Especially after the Dodgers dismantled the Giants by handing them their worst loss in AT&T park HISTORY and how Puig blasted the Giants world series MVP Madison (such a cute name). If the Giants need comments to be motivated then I guess it’s obvious why they can’t win in back to back years. It’s an odd year so looks like the Giants should be back in last place. LOL

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    • Arnie Halpern

      3 out of 5 is a lot better than 0 for 25. Not even a WS appearance.

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      • John

        3 out of 56 you mean? Kruk is whiny little bitch.

      • Chris Mas

        Yeah 3 out of the last 5 is good. But that’s not the point here. I’ll tell you now that if the Dodgers win the world series with the worst record of any playoff team that season, I wouldn’t be bragging that much. They couldn’t even win their own division. Sure they can win a short series but apparently not against the Dodgers. That’s why Puig isn’t scared of the Giants.

      • Arnie Halpern

        No, Puig is scared to death of the Giants…….Kemp told me so.

      • Chris Mas

        That’s not what Bumgarner said. LOL

  2. Michael E Brown

    Go get em Puig…………remind them we smacked them around but stay focused on the Cardinals who smacked us the past two years.

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  3. Jeff

    The chumps have won 3 in the last five years…. yet no one respects them! I think that’s hilarious!!!! Hopefully no wild-card series this year!

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    • MikeMarkCA

      Well when you say nobody and Dodger fans…well, just sayin.

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    • Chris Mas

      That’s because they had the worst record of all the playoff teams last season and couldn’t even win their own division. Is baseball about the long season or a short series? I don’t even know anymore.

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  4. MikeMarkCA

    Ya that’s right, they won the World Series, the third in five years, but Krukow is dwelling on the Dodgers

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  5. Paul Corblies

    Krukow a mediocre pitcher as best should shut his f-ing mouth and I would like to shut it the f up for him!!!

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    • Arnie Halpern

      Easy, Big Boy….you Dodgers underachievers are much too frustrated. It’s only a business (and a game).

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  6. larryball

    I asked a kid I saw on the beach why he had tattooed his face like some Primo warrior from yesteryear. “‘Cause I’m young, dumb and full of come,” he told me.

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