Yasiel Puig has spent the better part of the offseason and spring barking about the Dodgers. Moreover, we know Puig like we know our own selves.
Puig is your friend. Because of this, Puig is an entertainer. Indeed, the man understands that his marketability increases with the persona he exudes. With every quote, bat lick, tongue wag, or shimmy in the batter’s box; eyes on Puig increase. Any attention in sports is better than irrelevance, especially in a sport like baseball.
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Nevertheless, let’s look at the most recent shot fired by Puig at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Now I have to do my part to show that they made a mistake,” Puig says. “I’ll show them what I could have done for them if they’d kept me.”
Now, that’s understandable. A big league player stating that he’s going to play with pride to stick it to his former team is nothing new. In fact, it’s downright admirable. Tell me that you wouldn’t all want a guy like that in the Dodgers clubhouse. You cannot.
Still, Puig has had other biting quotes towards the Dodgers organization. For example, in January he claimed that he ‘didn’t work hard’ for several seasons before leaving.
“The last couple of years, I didn’t work hard because I still have a contract to go,” Puig said. “Now, I think work harder than any year of my life.”
We all saw Puig play beyond maximum effort – to the point of his own detriment at times. It’s negligent to take him at his word on those comments.
I’m not here to defend Yasiel Puig, simply to examine what’s really at the center of his salt with his former ball club.
Why Puig Might Be Saying What He’s Saying
One could easily chalk this up to ‘Puig being Puig’. However, I don’t think it’s just that. Surely, the guy likes being in headlines. This is not a newsworthy statement.
Equally important – Puig is playing for a contract. He gave mention to an aspect of this in that same article where claims of his lack of work ethic were in play. Here’s a quote:
“If I can sign here, you say?” Puig said. “I don’t know. You been asking the GM if he wants to sign me? If he gives me the money I want, (and) I’m going to be here all the years he wants. I love Ohio. This is my color. I love red.”
Yasiel Puig is over-selling.
What do we do when someone we love truly breaks up with us? Well, many of us act like we’re happier than ever before on the outside. In fact, we post pictures on social media of us smiling and frolicking with friends. No, that didn’t hurt one bit.
We do this – when exactly the opposite is true.
Yasiel Puig Loved His Dodgers Teammates and the City of Los Angeles
When Puig left the Dodgers, the love in his heart for guys he grew up with in the game didn’t leave with him. Think back to the playful slaps to Cody Bellinger and all the manic chats on the bench with Hyun-Jin Ryu. Obviously, the guy had a blast with a group of guys he came to recognize as family.
Puig’s comments are to portray the opposite of what he’s likely feeling. There are parts of him – like us – that probably saw him wearing Dodger Blue forever. Few players embodied the spirit of Chavez Ravine like 66 did. The trade probably was a bit of a culture shock.
From someone who lives in Ohio, you couldn’t end up in a much different place overnight. Cincinnati is a wonderful city – but it’s crickets compared to Los Angeles. The comments from Puig are him adjusting to a new and strange environment.
What do you make of Yasiel Puig’s Comments?
We’re interested in your take on this. Obviously, this is a player and topic that inspires a lot of passion and will until he retires. It’s a great topic to be discussed in our comments section.
How do you feel about Puig’s comments and do you still love him? What is the true meaning behind them – and do you believe he will achieve further success in Cincinnati? Sound off for us below!