Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has done everything right since his call-up to the big leagues on June 3. Puig won NL Rookie and Player of the Month for June while breaking the Dodgers record for rookie hits in a month.
While there’s been a lot of good, Puig has shown an exciting brand of baseball, one that everyone witnessed last night when he failed to make a spectacular catch and proceeded to throw his glove in disappointment.
However, there were reservations about bringing him up due to his immaturity and according to Dan Bickley of USA Today, he reportedly ignored a former Diamondback last night:
“Except Puig wouldn’t even look up or acknowledge his visitor. And for the record, Gonzalez was speaking Spanish, so nothing was lost in translation. Gonzalez confirmed the one-sided conversation, but declined to elaborate or comment further. Dodgers coach Mark McGwire witnessed the awkward meeting, and allegedly jumped Puig pretty good.”
There is a learning curve for Puig to learn outside the white lines and he’ll learn more with experience about the right and wrong way to go about his business off the field.
Puig has already stopped speaking to the media prior to the game as he’s found the American media a bit harsh, but regardless, he should’ve said something to Gonzalez.
Puig is still trailing Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman for the “NL Final Vote”, which ends tomorrow afternoon as there’s been a lot of resistance about his inclusion in the game.