Posted October 15, 2013

Watch: Yasiel Puig admires his shot and still legs out a standup triple

Los Angeles Dodgers, NLCS, St. Louis Cardinals, Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig showed plenty of emotion after recording his first hit of the series. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig showed plenty of emotion after recording his first hit of the series. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig failed to reach base in his first 11 plate appearances in the National League Championship series, striking out in seven of them, and the Dodgers failed to score in 22 straight innings after the third inning of Game 1.  Both of those droughts came to an end in the fourth inning of Game 3. With the game still scoreless, Mark Ellis led off the bottom of the fourth with a double off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. After a Hanley Ramirez fly out, Adrian Gonzalez doubled Ellis home to break the Dodgers’ scoreless streak. Hanley Ramirez then ground out to push Gonzalez to third, bringing up Puig with two outs.

Puig being Puig, he laced Wainwright’s 2-1 pitch to deep right field, flipped his bat and threw his arms in the air to celebrate what he believed was a two-run home run, then, when the ball hit just shy of the top of the low wall in Dodger Stadium’s right field, Puig hit the gas and wound up with a stand-up triple. Heck, maybe it’s good that he showboated at the plate, or he would have been thrown out trying to get an inside-the-park home run.

Puig singled in his third and final at-bat of the game, and The Dodgers won 3-0 behind a stellar outing from Hyun-jin Ryu. L.A. will try to tie up the series at two games a piece on Tuesday with Ricky Nolasco facing off against the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn.

20 comments
jbc123
jbc123

Just a guess, someone gets drilled later tonight. If the game isn't close, it's a certainty.

Dave C
Dave C

Do players actually thing that "their God" helps them?  God does not play favorites.  All that stuff is just stupid, looking up into the sky and kissing.  So does that mean that when they strike out God is mad at them?  

RaidLakeDodge
RaidLakeDodge

I love it!  The Dodgers actually look like they love playing the game of baseball, and that it's not just a job and a paycheck.  We have to remember, it is a GAME, not a team of men trying to find an answer to world hunger.  I love the passion and enthusiasm of Puig and the Dodgers.  Some people need to lighten up a little and take a look at the big picture here

tymmac007
tymmac007

SO if he had hustled straight out of the box, could he have had a inside the park home run?

ColeBuzdon
ColeBuzdon

im a die hard giants fan. and you know what, I love puig. I think he is exciting and fun to watch. He plays like he is on fire and hustles ever play. 80% doesnt hustle. so i tip my cap

haluska
haluska

Come on... just a dumb kid. Let him enjoy it while he can.

JonF
JonF

Look, I'm as old school as it gets.  When I played baseball, which I did in high school and college, I was one of those guys who just did everything by the book, showed no emotion and went about my business and I used to think that's the way it should be done.  But today's players are different and to be honest with you I think it makes the game more interesting. He'll calm down eventually but for now he is just loving what he is doing and showing it. If he gets plunked a few times he might change a little, but then again I don't know too many out there brave enough to hit him.

beau.elliott
beau.elliott

Weird everyone having this reaction.  His team is down 2 games in the series.  Now they're back in it...sometimes one a bat like Puig had can turn a series.  Glad for him.  Sometimes youthful exuberance is what is needed.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

He's incredibly talented but he's not a professional.  He doesn't keep his head in the game.  He makes way too many mistakes which are overlooked due to his incredible talent.

Is it too much to expect when playing for tens of millions of dollars to have talent and keep one's head in the game?

train805
train805

And here is just another reason for people to hate Puig. I hoe they drill him in the ribs in his next AB. Great player, got nothing between the ears. Start listening to the veterans you moron.

hrey27
hrey27

@JonF could not agree more.  Looking back at it, I would have loved to have let out a roar after making a big play.  Instead, I kept it bottled up.  Times have changed and getting beaned for enjoying a play makes zero sense unless you start trash talking.  That's when it gets stupid.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@train805 You hate a guy because he shows some exuberance?   You are taking this stuff far too seriously.

TylerJacobRollinson
TylerJacobRollinson

@train805 Why is it ok for a pitcher to celebrate a strikeout but not for a hitter to celebrate a good hit? Pitchers are allowed to fist pump, hoot, and holler but its showing up someone when a hitter admires a jack. Baseball is so corny sometimes.

train805
train805

Being excited, and showing exuberance are one thing. Raising your arms, and doing a bat flip on a ball that hits the wall is completely different. Pitchers who do stupid stuff on the mound after a K, are just like the arrogant WR's who catch an 8 yard pass and do their stupid first down arrow point. Its your job. If you do something extraordinary in the course of a game, or you do some sort of game saving/ending play, get excited. Time and place for everything. A 5th inning laser off the wall is not the place for that.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@train805 Agreed.  But turning a mistake by a young player into a reason for hate and vitriol?  Some of these posters get a bit too worked up over this stuff.   Young people make mistakes in judgement, whether in sports of other aspects of life.  It has always happened and always will.  Part of the learning curve of life.