During the Dodgers 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, outfielder Yasiel Puig hit a shot towards the right center field wall, but ended up with only a stand up single. Manager Dave Roberts was not pleased with the admiration Puig gave his own hit, which led to the disappointing single.
Last year, Don Mattingly expressed similar displeasure and despite the clean slate with a new manager, Puig still has a ways to go before his on the field image is truly cleaned up.
After the game, Andy McCullough reported that Puig and Roberts talked things out and it seems that things are good between the two:
“We talk about playing the game the right way,” Roberts said. “We’ve got to be accountable.” – Dave Roberts, LA Times
“It was a bad decision on my part,” Puig said through a translator. “It was a good decision on the manager’s part. It shows not only myself, but the rest of my teammates, that you have to run out every single ball.” – Yasiel Puig, LA Times
Twitter of course is waiting for Puig to make a mistake, so here’s their reaction:
66 ELECTRIC CIRCUS..
WATCHES HIS BALL HIT WALL
ONLY A SINGLE
THEN FEARLESS BASE-RUNNING.
— VIC THE BRICK JACOBS (@vicfeelingyou) May 25, 2016
RBI single off the RF wall for Yasiel Puig who can tell you all about it because he stood near home plate and watched it.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 25, 2016
Puig had a pretty good, long view of that single off the wall
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) May 25, 2016
This incident is coming after a recent play in San Diego where AJ Ellis laid down a bunt to help advance Puig, but Yasiel didn’t move. As you can see, AJ didn’t really hide his frustration:
Aj Ellis lays down a bunt, Puig doesn't move, and Ellis is v confused. pic.twitter.com/xJLi9NpZcb
— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) May 22, 2016