Yasiel Puig has made quite the impression in his short time with the Dodgers, becoming one of the newest superstars in Los Angeles in the process.
Puig has embraced his new celebrity status and has been seen enjoying the nightlife, taking in Laker games and hanging out with other celebrities. The Dodger outfielder can now add another accolade to his name.
According to the official Twitter account of GQ Magazine, Puig was one of the members of their “Men of the Year” issue:
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 20, 2013
The 22-year-old follows singer Frank Ocean, who earned the honors in 2012 and becomes the first Dodger to win the award. The magazine credits his first month average of .436 and his 10 RBI in his first five games as reasons for the title.
In the feature, GQ talked to Tim Bravo, the man who was given the task of keeping Puig out of trouble. Bravo talked of his job to be with the outfielder 24/7 and gave some insight into life with Puig. The high school teacher said that Puig was overwhelmed by how many flavors of Gatorade there was in the major leagues and that he enjoyed watching The Three Stooges whenever he wanted.
Puig finished the regular season with a .319 average with 19 home runs and 42 RBI in 104 games. He was the runner-up in the National League Rookie of the Year vote and even was 15th in the NL MVP vote. The 22-year-old was credited with bringing energy to a struggling Dodger team and helping them turn the season around to win the NL West title. Dodger owner Magic Johnson even said that Puig was close to becoming the face of sports in Los Angeles.
It’ll be interesting to see how high Puig’s superstardom will go and it may not be the last time he’s seen in GQ magazine.