Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig decided against playing winter ball this off-season in order to get used to living in Los Angeles full-time as he goes into the 2014 season the Dodgers right fielder.
Puig has made his exploits known through his Instagram account as he’s gone to every Los Angeles Lakers home game and even stopped by a local Little League for over an hour. However, Puig took things a step further, hosting Northeast Los Angeles Little League at Dodger Stadium and talked about the joy it brings him to see kids having fun via Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
I told one of them that I would bring them to Dodger Stadium to practice on the field. I’m happy to be able to spend this time with them and see how much they enjoy being here. This is what makes me feel good.
During his rookie season in the big leagues, Puig’s been criticized by many as being arrogant and showy as he’s “pimped” home runs and been nonchalant chasing after balls in the outfield.
50 players, aged 9-12 were on the field with Puig for 40 minutes and took them on a tour of the Dodgers clubhouse and batting cages. Puig encountered one of the little leaguers who said he’d never been to Dodger Stadium and brought everyone to Chavez Ravine this afternoon.
It’s great to see Puig immerse himself in LA life as the Dodgers are counting on him to take the next step forward this season. The Dodgers Twitter account sent out a tweet of the action at Dodger Stadium this afternoon:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 19, 2013