Speaking from Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Los Angles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig raised a few eyebrows when he called the St. Louis Cardinals the Dodgers’ biggest rival.
Puig’s sentiment was largely tied to the Dodgers’ inability over the last two seasons to get past the Cardinals in the postseason, however it appears as though there’s more to it. According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Puig has developed a friendship with a 10-year-old Cardinals fan:
He’s driving me crazy,” Puig said in Spanish. “I have to kick him out of that family. He has four blue things of mine in his room, and he tells me it’s because he feels sorry for me, sorry for the Dodgers. He has everything else red — the comforter, the sheets, the ceiling, everything. His room is red. And he says the best city in the United States is St. Louis.”
Puig added he’s attempted to convince the child to change which team he roots for, but it’s been to no avail:
His mom calls him ‘The Cardinal,'” Puig deadpanned. “We don’t even know his name anymore. … I take him to the stadium, I put the tickets under my name, I introduce him to all of my teammates, and he shows up with a Cardinals shirt. He’s driving me nuts. I can’t win with him. His cousins all have [Dodgers gear]. Not him. We have to do something. I have to make him change his mind. We won the second game and that’s it. He cried, and after that, he started laughing at us again.”
In his brief Major-League career, Puig has only played 10 games against the Cardinals and is batting .333/.488/.455 with zero home runs and zero RBIs. Puig struggled mightily in the 2014 NLDS, striking out in seven consecutive at-bats.
The Dodgers will face the Cardinals for the first time in 2015 on May 29 at Busch Stadium.