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Yasiel Puig called that team meeting last week, asked teammates for help to get better

Mar 30, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

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Narratives are a hell of a thing.

A guy pops on the scene as a bit of a showboat, ruffles some feathers and shows some immaturity and it’s so easy to put him in a box. He’s arrogant and entitled and doesn’t know how to Play The Game The Right Way. He needs to be tamed and taught and called on the carpet and if he doesn’t he’s gonna find himself outta baseball, etc.

And then he is called on the carpet by the team and, “well, doesn’t that just prove my point?” says the narrative-builders. “Maybe you shouldn’t accuse us of building false narratives after all, you unconnected fans and bloggers and stuff.”

That’s what happened with Yasiel Puig last week, we were told. We were told that Don Mattingly finally had enough of Puig’s immaturity and that Mattingly and Puig’s teammates held nothing short of an intervention to get him on the right track. “That does NOT happen with players who aren’t epic jackwagons, son, as those of us who live in baseball clubhouses can tell you. It proves there was a huge problem and that this kid is on thin frickin’ ice.”

Except:

And lest you think this is spin by Colletti to protect a player, I have independently confirmed that Puig called the meeting from a source familiar with the meeting and what led to it.

Huh. I wonder what the media would have said if Bryce Harper had called a team meeting in which he asked his teammates how to get better? Or if a player who had a track record of messing up did so. Might they not be lauded for their maturity? As someone who is taking responsibility for his future and his actions? Someone who respects his veteran teammates and wants to get better so the team can get better? I feel like that’s how that story would have played out.

Or, in any event, that’s how it would have played out if anyone had taken the time to find out what led to the meeting rather than assume it was a disciplinary, Come-To-Jesus sort of thing for a hot-blooded, Rolls-Royce driving showboat. But that never would’ve happened, I suppose, given that no one treats Yasiel Puig any differently than any other player. Perish the thought.

Regardless of what anyone in the media would’ve said about that, however, I’ll say this: Yasiel Puig calling a team meeting for the express purpose of asking his manager, coaches and veteran teammates to help him get better is a remarkably brave and mature thing to do. And anyone who wishes to weigh in on the alleged immaturity and recklessness of Yasiel Puig had best take this into account going forward. Because he is not playing by your narratives.

  1. forsch31 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    >>>>”Huh. I wonder what the media would have said if Bryce Harper had called a team meeting in which he asked his teammates how to get better? Or if a player who had a track record of messing up did so. Might they not be lauded for their maturity? As someone who is taking responsibility for his future and his actions? Someone who respects his veteran teammates and wants to get better so the team can get better? I feel like that’s how that story would have played out.”

    Considering the press Harper was getting when he first broke into the league, it probably would have played out the same way. Puig is getting the same kind of press that Harper did when he first got into the league–he’s immature. He doesn’t play the right way. He’s egotistical. He ticks off his teammates.

    And then people got to know Harper, and the narratives didn’t match up.

    Same thing will happen with Puig.

  2. psousa1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Bryce Harper got positive press when he came up? He was called, in the press, an a-hole from day one.

  3. tbird05 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I am glad that he took mature action in asking for help, but you have to wonder what sort of behavior would make this humbling act look so mature. Could this prove all those who were criticizing him right?

    I’m glad he is looking for help, but there is a reason why one of the most arrogant people in sports would ask for help…and it’s not because he came sliding in off a freakin rainbow.

    Congrats puig.

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