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Yasiel Puig makes Vin Scully speechless

Jun 7, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

Yasiel Puig AP

The legend of Yasiel Puig grew even bigger last night, as the Dodgers rookie smacked an opposite-field grand slam to break open a 1-0 game in the eighth inning and joined Joe Cunningham, Dave Kingman, and Will Middlebrooks as the only players in MLB history with a pair of four-RBI performances in their first four games.

Puig, who’s now 7-for-16 (.438) with three homers and nine RBIs since being called up, made his third Dodger Stadium curtain call in four games as a big leaguer after legendary announcer Vin Scully exclaimed “I don’t believe it!”

Here’s the video, including Scully showing other announcers how it’s done by letting the moment take over:

I have learned over the years that there comes a rare and precious moment where there is absolutely nothing better than silence. Nothing better to be absolutely speechless to sum up a situation. And that was the moment. Holy mackerel.

Puig’s games per holy mackerel moment ratio leads the league.

  1. icanspeel - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Puig has probably left lots of people speechless, but what will the Dodgers do when Kemp and Crawford are back? Esp if Kemp isn’t hitting.. Will they put Kemp and Eithier on the bench paying them handsomely?

    • dwrek5 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Shouldn’t be too difficult to find a place for Eithier on the bench. Sad to say…

      • tastybasslines - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        They will look to trade Ethier to a contender desperate for offense, probably eating some of his salary at the same time.

    • davidpom50 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Scott Van Slyke has been raking, too, making those outfield decisions even more difficult.

    • shaggylocks - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Once the contracts are signed and the season is underway, it shouldn’t matter in the slightest how much the players are getting paid when determining who gets playing time. The money the team is playing each player is a sunk cost: they’ll be paying the superstar the same amount if he’s hitting .400, hitting .200, or riding the pine. Their concern should be fielding the best team possible with the players they have.

      That said, the Dodgers have too many outfielders, and this logjam is their own damn fault.

      • davidpom50 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        I think it is a little more complex than that. Contracts are not necessarily entirely sunk costs, since players can be traded, and just because a player is struggling now doesn’t mean they always will. Matt Kemp has demonstrated over his career that he has the ability to be an MVP caliber player, and you don’t just give up on that.

      • paxnov - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Dodgers Will Be Fine. Platoon Crawford And Van Slyke Depending On Rhp Or Lhp. Give Kemp A Chance To Return To His Former Level Of Play, And Trade Ethier And A Prospect For A Pitcher (Garza Or Burnett) And Let Capuano And Lilly The End Of The Season. IfBillingsley Makes A Recovery, SolidRotation And Reliable Power For.Next Year. You Cannot Send Puig Down NowThough No Matter What. Would BeLike Sending Trout Down Last June. Plain Stupid.

    • jerze2387 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Ethier probably gets traded (on the bench until they can move him), Van Slyke is the 4th OF, Kemp in CF, Puig in right, Crawford in left,.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Kemp instantly would become the worst CF in the majors. He can’t even handle RF. He’s a DH.
        That being said, ya I guess you gotta stick him in CF and just deal with it.

      • davidpom50 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        misterchainbluelightning, your comment confuses me a bit – not because you’re wrong about Kemp’s CF defense, but because you seem to not know that’s he’s been the Dodgers every day center fielder since 2008. We don’t know whether or not he can handle RF, because he hasn’t played there in 5 years.

    • deepstblu - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      That’s what’s known as a high-class problem.

    • albertmn - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Let’s see Puig do it for at least a couple of weeks before we fully declare that they need to move guys. Puig may indeed be the next superstar, but let’s let it play out at least a little before we decide that they have too many guys in the OF.

      There have been a LOT of guys that have hit exceptional for a few games or a week, only to have pitchers adjust. Wilson Ramos was 7-10 in his first few games when he first came up for the Twins and there were people ready to trade Mauer. Then, he didn’t get a hit for something like 5 or 6 straight games and fell back to reality. He is still a good player, but that 7-10 was not indicative of future results.

      • albertmn - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Sorry, it was 7 for his first 9 for Ramos and then 2 for his next 28 after that. Give Puig time, and he may indeed be the next superstar. I wish him luck.

  2. mybrunoblog - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Scully is the Michaelangelo of baseball broadcasting. He understands that sometimes the pictures speak for themselves and all an announcer could do would be to ruin it. My God can we please clone him so future generations can enjoy this guy?

  3. dondada10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Proud to say Scully is a Fordham Prep grad.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      He’s a Fordham grad too, and helped found WFUV.

  4. moose2k - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Vin Scully is the greatest, what a joy to not hear an announcer screaming and just let you watch and listen to the crowd and players.

    • scoser - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Hawk Harrelson does the same thing, but unfortunately only for opposing team home runs.

  5. historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM


  6. headbeeguy - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The video linked above goes to an edited video where they took out Scully’s extended pause. The original clip is here:

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Seemed to work just fine for me. Scully lets the crowd’s roar tell what happened. He acknowledges that just shutting up and letting fans bathe in the moment is exactly what a HOF announcer knows to do.

    • wonkypenguin - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Thanks for posting that! I was looking for the longer version so I could get the whole experience. :-)

  7. Jason Lukehart - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Puig also becomes the first Dodger ever to hit three home runs in his first four games.

    • natslady - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Made a nice running catch, too. Didn’t see if he got a bad jump, but he moved right over there pronto and easily saved a double.

  8. decimusprime - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Just when we needed a boost, be it from injury or poor play from our “stars”, along comes this man. He plays deep right like its the infield, that arm is ballistics grade. At the plate his arsenal appears to be varied, getting on base with line drives, loopers,then stealing another. Turning on the “Puig Power” results in the bleachers getting a close up of his bombs.

    He came…He saw…He dropped jaws.

  9. manchestermiracle - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Puig-mania doesn’t have the same cachet as Fernandomania, but I’ll gladly take it, especially if he can keep it up. This youngster’s a very bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. If he keeps performing at this level (or anywhere close to it) perhaps the lexicon “that pitcher got Puig-ed” will become a thing. Ah, well, maybe not.

  10. elmo - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    He’s not ready, they said. Leave him at Chattanooga, they said…

  11. paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Puig has left me the opposite of speechless. Watching his PAs has actually led to involuntary utterances like “Holy….” and “Daaaaammmmmmn….”.

  12. specialkindofstupid - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Glad I went to bed before this happened. Which pitcher gave it up? Gearrin? It was Gearrin wasn’t it? Wait, don’t tell me. I’ll just assume it was Gearrin so my inexplicable dislike of him can continue unabated.

    • davidpom50 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      It was Gearrin, which maybe will make your dislike a little less inexplicable?

  13. recoveringcubsfan - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Puig is the new Evan Gattis. Except that in a year Puig will still be on an MLB roster and Gattis….

    • deepstblu - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM


  14. ramrene - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    That’s just Puiggy being Puiggy.

    • wonkypenguin - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I loved this way too much.

  15. illegalblues - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    exciting player! saw this last night and just chuckled and then went outside for a smoke. good pitch he obliterated too. hope this guy is more than the cuban jeff francoeur

  16. juicejuicer - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    My brother, a Braves fan, was at the game last night. He said Puig is “just a beast” and the grand slam was simply “awesome to watch”. I can’t disagree.

  17. randygnyc - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Crowded outfield? Joba and Hughes for Puig!!

    • headbeeguy - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Come on, that’s totally unrealistic. You’ll have to throw in Reid Brignac to make that work.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Try Ethier

  18. erbaodai - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Trade Eithier, and either let one of Puig or SVS learn to play 3B, or trade SVS for a good 3B or bullpen help.

  19. jwbiii - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    The sound that ball made off his bat. . . as a former outfielder, that’s the “Turn around and run like hell” sound.

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