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Yasiel Puig does all of the Yasiel Puig things in the same inning

Apr 17, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

Yasiel Puig AP

Well, he didn’t literally pee on Abner Doubleday’s grave or whatever it is he’s accused of doing by columnists all the time, but he did pretty much show off the rest of the Puig repertoire in the second inning of today’s Dodgers-Giants game.

First, with one out, he dropped an easy fly ball with a one-hand catch. But before all the old white people watching could come up with some comment about how he doesn’t respect the game, he recovered immediately and fired the ball in to second base to get the force out on the runner from first, so it was the same result: a putout, a runner on first base, two men down, rocket arm shown off.

Next batter: Gregor Blanco, who hit one into the blowing wind of right field. And Puig does this:

The crazy route was no doubt to avoid the sniper fire he carelessly and selfishly drew to America’s ballparks.

In any event, you take the good, you take the bad, you take ’em both and there you have Yasiel Puig … Yasiel Puig . . .


  1. duvisited - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    In conclusion, Puig is a land of contrast.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Who says he dropped it accidentally?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Because here there was no upside to dropping it. If he caught it, same result: man on first, two outs.

      But yes, I do agree with the FG article and the BS incentive at play with the new xfer rule.

      • brandotho - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        There could be upside if you throw out a faster runner at second and exchange him for a slower one who was batting.

      • Sign Ahead - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        Wouldn’t that make him some sort of lightning-fast evil genius?

      • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Sshhh. You’ve spoiled Plaschke’s next article.

        “Puig the Evil Genius”

      • chinahand11 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Craig, or anyone who knows this, I heard the reason for the Infield Fly rule was because of the an infielder could drop the ball and try for a double play (with a man on 1st, or 1st and 2nd). I heard Pete Rose was a specialist at this feat, the drop-ball DP, so they made the rule. Fact? Fiction? Anyone please?

      • paperlions - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        The infield fly rule was instituted in 1895, 46 years before Rose was born.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        You see? He just doesn’t study the game properly.

    • raysfan1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      You state the purpose of the infield fly rule correctly, but it has been in the rule book since 1895. Thus, it’s not the result of anything Pete Rose did.

  3. cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    The bit where he glove tosses the ball to himself will get him in trouble. Transfer Rule Flouting!

  4. El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Watch out Craig, you are dangerously close to “old white person”territory yourself.

    • chinahand11 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      I’m an old white guy! No, I don’t like the one-hand catch, but I don’t shake my cane and allow my facial veins to distort while endorsing my opinion with “Back in my day …!” Times change, I can appreciate that, although I do not have to be sold on some of the changes.

    • grumpyoleman - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      We don’t need people like Craig in our group

  5. johnnysoda - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Wow, another article by Craig about Puig. How predictably boring.

    • lanflfan - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Would you prefer an article about PEDs? Or the Hall of Fame? Or Pete Rose’ lifetime ban?

      It’s baseball season, be happy and enjoy it.

  6. Jack Marshall - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I’m still disturbed that Craig evoked the theme song to “The Facts of Life”….I bet he was a Blair fan.

    • pauleee - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Hey! Who wasn’t?

    • yahmule - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Maybe he liked the one with the big giant buffalo head.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Blair was OK, but I had a thing for Jo. I liked the tomboys back in the day.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        Luc Robitaille had a thing for Jo, too.

  7. metalhead65 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    in other words as long as you have the talent and a sob story as a back story you can do whatever you want and it is OK with Craig because if you dare say anything negative about him or any other superstar who does the stuff he does on and off the field you are a racist and need to under go re-education training….er sensitivity training until you pass the pc test and are free to speak again.

    • Sign Ahead - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      It’s not exactly like the dog ate his homework, is it?

    • drewsylvania - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Go hang out with nymets4ever or something…you two have the same illogical brains….

      • metalhead65 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        go jump in front of a bus on a busy street.

      • lanflfan - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM


        Someone needs a nap.

  8. infieldhit - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    The Good, the Bad, and the Puigly.

    • yahmule - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM


      Ba wa wa

  9. mikeythelectrician - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    People who live in the projects are trash, but before all you old black men get upset, its the white mans fault were there

  10. billybawl - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Puig doesn’t have internet so he has to troll his haters with his play in the field.

  11. missingdiz - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    This old white person has this to say about that: baseball is a form of entertainment; Puig is nothing if not entertaining.

  12. provguard - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    “But before all the old white people watching could come up with some comment about how he doesn’t respect the game,…”

    So you are saying the black people would have been alright with him dropping the ball? Dude, I can’t help but read racist behind this story. Personally I dislike his brashness and he is a Dodger.

    I thought you were better than stories like this…

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      No, I’m saying that the people who have written unhinged bull crap about Puig needing to respect the game are all old white men. Bill Plaschke, Scott Miller, Buster Olney.

      If you want to surmise what people who haven’t spoken publicly on the subject may thing and then surmise further that that makes me a reverse racist or whatever, go ahead. But in the world of reality, the people who have been on Puig’s case have been quite identifiable.

      • jrob23 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        I didn’t realize Pedro Gomez was white. He reported negatively on Puig. I also didn’t know you have read every one of the articles written by black and latin writers on the subject and deemed them benign. You truly blow at your job. You are a click bait blogger that is all

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        B.S. This is what you said…

        “But before all the old white people watching could come up with some comment about how he doesn’t respect the game, he recovered immediately and fired the ball in to second base to get the force out on the runner from first.”

        But the bigger picture (for me anyway) is your lazy, tired. continual drumb beating. Much like the boy who cried wolf…at some point people stop listening. Please don’t make me stop listening C.C. I love HBT. But your schtick is wearing thin.

    • grumpyoleman - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      He’s not

  13. sportsfan18 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    But next time he drops a pop fly, there won’t be a runner on first to force out at 2nd base…

    Having to rely on luck is not the way to go…

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Just to be clear, you’re relying your criticism on the one part of the play which he failed, and are completely ignoring the other part of the play that showed his talents in the good. And then, he followed up with an amazing catch that shows his talents in full, but that doesn’t matter to folks like you. Because it’ the first part of the first play that only matters, and nothing else. So you say he’s Lucky, when he could also be described as Raw or Unpolished but really he is Extremely Talented which is why he makes the money and plays the game in front of millions.

  14. jpm557 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Love the facts of life

  15. rbj1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Efficiently getting all his Puigness out in one inning and giving sports writers and bloggers something more to comment on? He’s a mensch.

  16. gbart22 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Yawn Craig in his usual righteous self running to defend someone the majority don’t like. I get being a contrarian but sometimes I question if it’s sincere or just some sort of mental handicap where the majority go one way so Craig’s brain immediately goes the other. I can respect that except he does it with every single thing.

    • baberuthslegs - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Where did you get this “…someone the majority doesn’t like” stuff?
      Is there a Gallup poll on Puig?

  17. nymets4ever - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Your title is not completely true, at no point in that sequence of events did Puig drive like a reckless POS prick endangering the lives of innocent bystanders.

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      You seem like a multiple DUI driver casting stones.

      • nymets4ever - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        What? I’ve never even drank a sip of alcohol. I live cleanly and don’t need that trash in my body for entertainment or sociability…my behavior cannot be compared to that classless overgrown child Puig’s

      • ditto65 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        “I’ve never even drank a sip of alcohol.”

        Please do not start. It might affect your sunny disposition.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      What a pathetic person you are. Not that I’m a psychiatrist, but I can tell that you’re Low Quality Human.

      The good news? We’re all enthralled by the level of your misery. I, for one, hope it continues for you.

    • lanflfan - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      New Yorkers are experts on bad driving.

  18. psly2124 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    How is saying old white people not being a racist

    • nymets4ever - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Embrace the downvotes, all it means is that no one can dispute your point.

    • ditto65 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Because old white people aren’t a race.

  19. Fantasy Football Consultant - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    To say old white man is ok but another color would be racist. Your the problem with society Craig. Influenced my the media and movies much?

    • nymets4ever - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Nailed. It.

  20. smoothaswilkes - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    I wake up every morning hoping Puig is traded to the Phillies.

  21. campcouch - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    MLB has gotten dull when a dropped ball becomes news.

  22. seanwasamarine - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Hey Craig. How about you get off your knees and stop writing about Puig.

  23. illuminancer - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    You know why I don’t like Puig?

    Because the media will not shut up about him.

    He’s a young, talented player with a compelling backstory who occasionall makes stupid mistakes, and I find myself hoping he’ll fall of his face so that the sports media will stop acting like he’s the only interesting player in baseball.

    • deepstblu - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Sounds like you should stop reading the media.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      And he’s also preternaturally talented and made a play today that Vin Scully of all people compared to Willie Mays.

      But yeah, we’re just inventing reasons to write about him.

      • jrob23 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        oh, you mean the play he made a bad read on and was forced to scramble backwards to make a crazy catch? Sorry, but that isn’t Willie Mays, that is Manny Ramirez

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        The game was in San Francisco where the wind sort of blows willy nilly within the same half-inning.

        You don’t have the read the articles or watch the videos, but if you’re going to make a comment about your observations, you should get the full context. Otherwise, you just come off as you are right now: a bitter, whiny, self-important douche who can’t think beyond your own preconceived notions.

        Stay irrelevant.

  24. grumpyoleman - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Too bad there aren’t enough other groups besides old white guys that have high standards

  25. packerfan66 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    “before the old white people can say anything”…really?

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