Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has everyone talking this morning. And there are a whole lot of people, including current and former MLB players, who aren't real happy with him.
During last night's Cardinals/Dodgers NLCS game, Puig flipped his bat and raised his hands after hitting what he thought was a home run. But the ball actually ended up hitting the outfield wall and getting tracked down by St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran. Puig still hustled his way to a triple on the play. But some people thought he overreacted by flipping his bat after hitting the ball. And one of those people was Beltran, who questioned Puig's actions after the game.
"He still thinks he's playing somewhere else," Beltran said, referring to Puig's days of playing in Cuba. "I don't know."
A quick scan of Twitter shows that Beltran isn't the only one unhappy with Puig right now, either:
I don't think I'm a purist; I'm certainly not a STL fan. That being said, Puig acts like he's been in the league 10 years. It's annoying.— Mr. Jed Hilbert (@StXMrHilbert) October 15, 2013
Puig really needs to learn the morals and baseball rules. His talent is ridiculous but his attitude and intelligence is honestly annoying.— Drew Young (@DrewYoung51) October 15, 2013
Literally Yasiel Puig I am DONE WITH YOU YOURE SO ANNOYING.— Dani Pierce (@DaniPierce14) October 15, 2013
I hate Puig. Hes so arrogant and he's only a rookie. Hes gonna be more annoying to watch than Arod.— Erik Beisker (@ErikBeisker) October 15, 2013
We don't see what the big deal is. Whether Puig flipped his bat or not, he still ended up on third base. And he still helped his team win. Had he gotten thrown out at third or, worse, only ended up with a single or a double because of his bat flip, then we would understand the outrage. But this is playoff baseball. Guys get excited. So let them celebrate in whatever way they want.
[via USA Today]