Yasiel Puig plays with an exuberance not often seen in baseball that’s resulted in him being criticized by traditionalists and drawing the ire of opposing fan bases.
Puig is heading into his second full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers under arguably the most pressure he’s faced since debuting with the club in 2013. From manager Don Mattingly to team president and CEO Stan Kasten, and those in between with the Dodgers, Puig is expected to take the next step in the maturation process and continuing evolving into the complete player his talent suggests he’s capable of becoming.
Perhaps as a sign he’s aware of those expectations, Puig reported early for Spring Training this year with a more business-like approach. While some of Puig’s demeanor has changed, he said he’ll continue to be himself and celebrate accordingly for big plays. Prior to joining the Dodgers for Spring Training, Puig spent some of his offseason in Miami and surprised a group of Little League-age children at a local baseball field.
In the video below, which is a preview of a larger project being completed by ESPN’s Antoinetta Collins, Puig discusses the enjoyment he gets in watching young children play the game, the importance of teaching them fundamentals, and more.