Outfielder Yasiel Puig was in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to take in a Caribbean Series game on Friday night, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t able to stop by an ESPN Deportes booth and discuss the upcoming season for himself and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Among the things that Puig talked about were the shape he was trying to get himself into before Spring Training, the season ahead in total, and his time with former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. It was all very interesting.
From Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com:
“I’m working hard every day so I can show up in good shape for Spring Training. I’ll still have a month and a half in Spring Training to get better and do what I have to do to be ready for the season,” Puig said in Spanish.
It’s great to hear that Puig is taking training this offseason very seriously, and all athletes should be the same way. Getting in proper shape could help keep you healthy, give you the best chance to succeed, and a whole host of other things. So, this is great news.
Puig then went on to talk about the changes the Dodgers made at the managerial position and his thoughts on it going forward:
“All I know is they changed the manager and we are hoping for good luck and God’s blessings to get back to playoffs for the fourth time in a row and win a World Series.”
Yasiel kept it classy, even at one point saying that Don Mattingly “did the best he could”, and that’s pretty decent of Puig to say no matter what people think of the situation.
The Dodgers open up training camp on February 19th when pitchers and catchers report. We’re only two weeks away!