Well, it’s offical. Yasiel Puig will be a Cincinnati Red after a 6 year career with the Dodgers.
Yasiel Puig originally signed with the Dodgers for $42 million over 7 seasons in 2012 as a 21 year old from Cuba. Puig quickly rose through the minor leagues and burst onto the scene in 2013 with one of the most memorable debuts in baseball history. His first game on June 3, 2013 Puig showed Dodger fans a glimpse of the next 6 seasons.
I’ll always remember the week when @YasielPuig arrived in the majors. Yes, his arrival lasted a week. One of the easiest #Dodgers to root for and I’ll never understand why people had beef with him for making baseball fun again. Thanks for the memories. pic.twitter.com/8UYV9kJZer
— Nick Ostiller (@NickOstiller) December 22, 2018
Puig saved the 2013 season by energizing the struggling team and igniting the fan base with a renewed passion for Dodger baseball after a rough stretch with the McCourt ownership. Puig finished the month of June with 44 hits, second to Joe DiMaggio’s 48, for most hits by a player in their debut month. His dynamic skills set and crazy play gave him the nickname The Wild Horse from Vin Scully. The Dodgers, led by Hanley Ramirez and Puig, ended up reaching the postseason for the first time since 2009. Thanks to the new ownership group who was committed to winning and the energy brought by Puig, Dodger baseball was back and thriving in Los Angeles.
The team reached the postseason in every year of Puig’s Dodger career as they won 6 straight National League West Division titles.
The journey with Puig can best be described as a roller coaster. After struggling and getting replaced by Josh Reddick in 2016, Puig helped the Dodgers win their first National League Championship since 1988.
Puig got demoted in 2016 to triple A , played in a world series in 2017 and Hit the game winning homer to take the Dodgers to the world series once again in 2018 pic.twitter.com/VhKRQQpb80
— MEMO (@Memo_A_Jr) October 21, 2018
Puig’s home run in the 2018 NLCS game 7 to send the Dodgers back to the World Series.
And Puig continued his hot hitting into the World Series.
— ??randon Gutierrez (@gutibg17) December 21, 2018
As expected, fans were disappointed to hear the news of his trade.
I’m still bummed out…I feel like every season, I’m losing my favorite players. Before it was Ethier and Gonzalez, I’m losing Kemp a second time and now Puig.
I’ve got the dodger blues?
— Lydia Navarro (@pln140) December 22, 2018
I don’t like it. I understand it’s a small piece of the puzzle, but I don’t have to agree with it right now. I’m fine with Wood and Kemp departures, but Puig. Damn.
— Cosmic Enforcer (@BeerBaron4life) December 22, 2018
But it’s really going to hurt and suck, when the season starts and we will be seeing highlights from Puig in a Reds uniform
— Steve Phillips (@SkipPhill) December 22, 2018
Multiple tribute videos also popped up over social media after the initial reaction of the trade.
A Tribute To Yasiel Puig, Entirely From My iPhone’s Yasiel Puig GIF Album, part 2 pic.twitter.com/6gG84jWJBs
— Amanda Smith (@AmandaRTubbs) December 22, 2018
Yasiel Puig took to social media to thank the Dodgers and look forward to playing for the Reds.
Thanks to all Dodgers’ fans for the love and support, I’m really going to miss you guys and I’ll see you at spring training but this time with different team!!!!! ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/rgNLUBZ4IP
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) December 22, 2018
And the Dodgers thanked Puig for everything he brought to the city and team.
The Wild Horse.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 21, 2018
I think I speak for the vast majority of Dodger fans when I say thank you Yasiel. Thank you for making baseball fun again and bringing constant joy to Los Angeles for 6 seasons. You will be missed and we wish you the best of luck in Cincinnati.
Thank you for everything @YasielPuig ….. it’s been amazing watching you grow into the player you are today!
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 21, 2018
And always remember, no matter what team he is playing for, Puig is still our friend. #PuigYourFriend
Puig is still my friend. pic.twitter.com/wvNFUlvbnP
— henry martinez (@djsolerebel) December 22, 2018
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