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Picture of the Day: Yasiel Puig continues to do cool things

Nov 18, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

We passed along word a couple of weeks ago that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig visited a Los Angeles area little league team to sign autographs/pose for pictures and throw batting practice. Well, he was at it again today, except this time he invited 50 kids to play at Dodger Stadium.

Check out this awesome picture from Yvonne Carrasco, who works in the Dodgers public relations department:

Let’s see, how can a stodgy, stick-in-the-mud columnist spin this? Puig broke into Dodger Stadium before teaching a group of kids how to do a bat-flip and overthrow the cutoff man. Oh, and then he made all of them swim in their neighbor’s pool when they got home. How’s that?

In all seriousness, even Puig’s biggest critics have to admit that this is a very cool gesture.

  1. bfunk1978 - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    He just loves to have fun. Cool dude.

    • cuban101 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      He is not and ass, he is a CUBAN who plays HOT BLOOD baseball, hard and fast, the way is supposed to be played. Enough about emotions. The Beltrans and company of the world can not and should not have it both ways, they were also celebratory and emotional to a degree while young but now have become slow grandfathers who do not want youth to outshine them. Too bad for them, get retired and let new YOUNG talent to make the game more exciting and fun and also go and have fun with little leaguers. My two kids would die to have some player do it for them but Beltran refused to sign a baseball for them at Dodgers Stadium, Derek did the same. Look at the example of the Dominican Republic team in the WBC and you will see the picture of YASIEL PUIG playing style in the back.

      • bfunk1978 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        I think you replied to the wrong person. Your response makes no sense.

  2. NYTolstoy - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    you guys really love Puig. he has talent but if he’s an ass he’s an ass. You guys are a little to lovy dovy.

    • aphillieated - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      You would be on Puig’s d**k if he played for your team, so STFU!

      • NYTolstoy - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        Lol no I would not on his Dick if he played for my team. like I said he is talented but let’s not make it out like he’s some nun. There’s been a lot of bad rep on the guy though it doesn’t take away from his talent but all the guys who write seem to want everyone to love him. Not sure why

    • lanflfan - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      There is a saying about a New Yorker calling someone an ass. I think it involves the words Pot, Kettle and Black.

      • bfunk1978 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        I thought it was “you are what you eat”.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      To be fair…there HAVE been makeup questions about Puig, for a long time. Keith Law said he heard about them before Puig even got signed. He doesn’t seem like a bad guy, just immature…but you CAN’T hate on something like this. Definitely very cool.

      • paperlions - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        Wasn’t this based mostly on him being over weight at his MLB workout? At the time he was 20 or 21, if you are going to compare such an individual to 28+ yr olds, they will always seem immature.

        Imagine having left your family and everything you knew behind at 21 yrs of age with no prospect of being able to see them for a long time if ever. Has to be hard, and nearly impossible for anyone doing the judging to understand or appreciate.

      • kirkmack - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        IIRC, KLaw didn’t grade him higher in his prospect assessment because he was overweight and out of shape, not really due to the makeup questions. KLaw has said, though, that he had heard at the time that there were some makeup issues at the time as well, but he hasn’t divulged exactly what those were and doesn’t seem to be holding it against him.

    • 4d3fect - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Plaschke, is that you?

    • indaburg - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      No one said he’s a nun (although anyone who has been to Catholic school like myself knows many nuns are no saints). He simply did a nice thing for some kids. That’s all. Puig might have some faults. In fact, I am certain he does, because last time I checked, he’s human like the rest of us. He just hits a baseball a little bit better than you and me. Why look for the negative angle? It makes you sound like a misanthrope.

  3. redsoxchamp11 - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    the very fact that the PR person is there says it all right? I’m mean…I’m just saying.

    in all honesty I wish every team had guys like this do these things with local kids. Offseasons should have a little league game every saturday and the ball park. give them swag, one team gets to wear home whites, the other the visiting jerseys, rorate players every week. Imagine the impression and memory that builds in kids. Fans for life of that team.

    It seems so easy.

    • tedwmoore - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      I doubt Puig has his own keys to Dodgers Stadium. Whether this was Puig’s idea or the team’s, someone from PR was going to be present.

      • clydeserra - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        I bet he does have a “key.” Most teams allow their guys to work out at their stadium all year.

        authorization to let 3- kids in is another story

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      How would you get a group of 50 kids into a closed Dodgers Stadium? And if you work at Dodgers Stadium, who are you going to get to open the gates for the kids and their families? I’m just saying, what you’re just saying is sour grapes.

    • paperlions - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Regardless, there are over 800 MLB players. How many of them have taken the time to do community outreach to kids as Puig has done? Note, there was no Dodger PR person at the first event, just pictures/videos from kids and parents posted online.

      Any player’s reputation would benefit from such activities…and the kids don’t care if it is done for PR or not, it was still an opportunity of a lifetime for them.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Hey, get the hell off the grass, we’re trying to get this place ready for a Kings/Ducks hockey game!

  5. drewzducks - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Hopefully he filled their impressionable minds with the finer points of the premature celebration.

  6. redsoxchamp11 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    fyi, I actual love watching the kid play. It was more a poke at how the jade glassed spin doctors work.

  7. stlunatik - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Love when the Dodgers play STL. This guy is fun to watch. He has his own personality, love it or leave it. He has fun. Of course it’s a business, but as a player you’re surprised to have fun. Right?

    • paperlions - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Exactly. Plus, the stodgy fans/media always say they want guys to care and to be emotional and all that, none of those types like aloof players like JD Drew or Beltran, often saying they don’t look like they are trying or they don’t care about winning. Well, Puig obviously cares about winning, whether he is doing well or poorly or when he thinks he is getting screwed on ball/strike calls by the ump….I mean, if you care, how do you not get annoyed when balls are called strikes. Is there some magical person the old stodgies think exists that cares but then just nods approvingly when a ball 8″ inside is called a strike? Because that person doesn’t exist.

  8. chill1184 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    The fact that he makes some members of the MSM angry (in addition to his play) gives me a good reason to like him.

  9. cranespy - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    That’s the Magic effect! Nice work! Take the Dodgers #1 PR nightmare and turn it into a positive! Genius!!

  10. henryjones20 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    nytoolstoy- ok mr.wonderful, please tell us who your favorite player is? oh and tell us all the stories how he turned water into wine one day?

    • NYTolstoy - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Haha oh “toolstoy” that was clever haha I’m sure you don’t even know who Tolstoy is and now you’re looking him up to tell me otherwise. Oh and my favorite players were Barry bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, and above all Jose Conceco…oh you saw what I did there? hope so.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        I saw that you misspelled Jose Canseco’s last name, despite saying he was your favorite player. So now I don’t know what to think.

      • raysfan1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        McGwire was also misspelled.

      • lanflfan - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        There is enough PED’s per pound in that group to power up an entire MLB team AND their AAA affiliate.

  11. jyoung1891 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Tolstoy? Yes, I think that I have heard of him. I believe that he was pretty good with words. Which convinces me that you are not THAT Tolstoy.

  12. Old Gator - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Children are horrible.

    • janessa31888 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      You and my Grandma think alike. Her neighbors with kids fear her greatly.

      • Old Gator - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Fear is the only thing that children understand.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      No, all children are not horrible.

      Those that are have horrible parent’s.

      Not all people should have children and sadly there are millions who have had them that shouldn’t have.

      • Old Gator - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        You can’t be a horrible parent until you have children.

        Ergo, children are horrible.

  13. cardsman - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    you cant fix ahole. gotta luv the kids

    • lanflfan - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Given the level of butthurt most Cards fans have for Puig, did you all forget you won the NLCS?

  14. georgebrett - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Love him or hate him, what he did here is pretty cool!!!

  15. spacemaker101 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    The articles on this dude never stop. Suck his d**k alittle more PLEASE!!!

    • Anoesis - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Good to know the under-cabinet coffeemaker has checked in. Manufacturers should never have connected those appliances to the internet.

  16. Anoesis - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Puig was inspired after watching “It Could Happen to You.” He’s got a lot of movie-viewing catching up to do.

    Seriously, Kershaw’s philanthropy is rubbing off on his teammates. This is most definitely a good thing. Kudos to Puig and another feather in the cap of the new ownership.

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