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Yasiel Puig comes off bench, hits go-ahead homer

Aug 20, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

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Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig was fined Tuesday afternoon for arriving late to Marlins Park and held out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game due to poor recent performance. But none of that could stop this train.

Puig entered as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night in the top of the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4 and promptly hit a solo home run off and over the top of the left-center field wall to put the Dodgers ahead of the Marlins for good; L.A. wound up winning 6-4.

Puig is still learning basic things about the ins and outs of Major League Baseball culture and there are times when his aggressive personality on and off the field has led to trouble, but the kid’s ability and star power can’t be denied.

The 22-year-old Cuban defector is batting .354/.414/.569 with 12 home runs and 48 runs scored through his first 68 big league games. The National League West-leading Dodgers are 48-20 in those 68 games.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    • jdillydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Really? A five minute video and I get to watch a 30 second ad. Or were you just impressed with the crotch shot?

      • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        You can skip the ad after 5 seconds. Reading is important.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Notice how much his teammates hate him?

    Oh, yeah… Those fools won’t come onto this thread.

  3. irishdodger - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Of course he hits a home run.

  4. kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    What an asshole. He doesn’t know anything about playing the game the right way.

    • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      He’s twenty two and barely a year off the boat. He’s spent most of his prior life trying to figure out how to fight back against an oppressive system that punished his earlier attempt to defect with a year’s ban from playing. One does grow some chips on one’s shoulder under such circumstances. Cut the kid some slack. He plays the game just fine – or can’t you read his stats?

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Apologies for not using the sarcasm font. I love watching this guy. I do like the Yankees. I do wish he played for the Yankees, though I’m pretty sure they’d try to stamp out most of what I like about him, because it’s not the “Yankee Way,” which evidently has turned into “Being over 35 and unable to hit.” My comment was a sarcastic dig at everybody who has been playing “Unwritten Rules Police.” Though I do appreciate the comments from the illiterate among us (looking at you, ilovegspot).

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      True: he does not properly relate to the racist fat old white men who founded the game while making no money. Since everything is exactly the same, nothing should be allowed to change. Everything was always better in the past. Just ask Polio or the 50% infant mortality rate of the 1800s

      • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        Er…you including Magic Johnson among those racist fat old white men? I get your point but, well, this is kinda stretching it….

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        I am referring more to the sacred History of the Game purists, who seem to believe in tradition above all else. I suppose I should have been more clear. Just because a certain group of people did things a certain way a long time ago does not mean that players doing something different now are wrong. Especially when those in the past were rather flawed in their own right.

    • ijusth - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      says the Yankees troll. Sorry dude. Your team not only sux but supports argueably the sleeziest player ever to play the game.

    • teamobijuan - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Puig could really use Michael Young as a teammate.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      kevin’s the asshole yankee fan. your team wishes they had this asshole instead you have arod. yenkee’s done for years to come. cc, derik, tex, mo, arod, are all finished and $100 mil in payroll with no elit prospects.

  5. jdillydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Looks like he learned his lesson. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with Mattingly’s coaching skills!

  6. Old Gator - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    He’s just a kid in a brave new world. Here’s hoping the Bums can find the balance between keeping him in line long enough to learn the do’s and dont’s, and being on his case so often that he begins to feel persecuted. Worse comes to worst, he’ll grow up to be one of those inveterate jerks who can still shush a crowd just by walking up to the plate in a critical situation. It’s not like we’ve never seen those before, and it’s definitely not like we have to have him over for dinner every night so he can offend our rich terminally ill Aunt Biddie severely enough to cut us out of her will. We can just watch him play baseball.

    Incidentally, it was one of those games where if Puig didn’t exist, the Feesh would have had to invent him. The Kreamsicle Kids were perfectly prepared to throw the game away with their infield hijinks again tonight, playing the top of the ninth like the four stooges.They would have lost it even if Puig had warmed the bench all night.

  7. b453841l - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    YBY

    • Jeff M. - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:51 AM

      I’m afraid that “Yasiel being Yasiel” isn’t going to become a thing.

      • nbjays - Aug 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        Mattingly just needs to use a version of James Cromwell’s line at the end of “Babe”…

        “That’ll do. Puig.”

  8. ijusth - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    the oakland As and the yankees of billy martin hated each other and won the title.

  9. jimsjam33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Yasiel Puig is a breath of fresh air . As long as he plays for the Dodgers and Don Mattingly he can learn from his mistakes . All the LA fans love him . If your a Dodger fan that’s good enough ; if , your not then you can complain all you want when the Dodgers get to the post season because of this spark plug . Absolutely sensational !

  10. pixteca - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    He will learn, he will mature. The on-field stuff will be solved. I like the way he pays, I think it’s fine and the details will be solved. My issue is with the off-field stuff, he better mature fast and understand that he has a new life. But I think the guy is OK and will be better in the near future.

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