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Yasiel Puig took a photo with the Stanley Cup …

Jun 17, 2014, 10:14 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings, who were crowned NHL champions last week for the second time in three years, showed up to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday evening with the Stanley Cup and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig got to spend a moment with the coolest trophy in professional sports

It’s a safe guess that ice hockey was a foreign concept to the Cuba native before he arrived in the U.S.

  1. renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    “A moment with the coolest trophy in professional sports…”

    Debatable

    • steelhammer92 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      No, it definitely is.

      • renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        It only is when a Baseball player’s holdin it.

      • ilovegspot - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        a little naive there eh.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      The Cup has been to more places and done more cool things than most could get done in 3 lifetimes. Name a single trophy that can say that.

      • renaado - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Didn’t know that,

        Well safe to say now this debate is close.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        Not a single trophy can say that? Utter bollocks.

      • jwbiii - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        renaado, Besides the Cup just looking really cool, by tradition, every player can spend some time with it during the off season. Typical uses:
        – Take it to your local bar. Drink out of it for a night.
        – Take it to your high school or junior league club. Take pictures of your coach holding it.
        – Take it fishing. Use it for a bait bucket.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        Just off the top of my head…The Ashes Urn.

        The Test Series between Australia and England takes place every 2 years in alternating countries. The winner of the series of 5 games gets to keep the Ashes Urn. The trophy is named after a quote in the Sporting Times in 1882, when Australia had beaten England for the first time on English soil. English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The next series was seen to be the quest to regain the ashes. During that tour, an urn containing the ashes of a cricket bail was presented to the then England captain and it became the symbol for future series’. Here’s the surprise – this hotly contested trophy is but 6 inches tall.

        It used to take the teams 2mnths in a boat just to get to the ground to play the matches! I would imagine the little urn had a few good nights during that time.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        The best you have is some trophy that has one neat story to it?

        What a joke, get outta here I could list 25 stories about Lord Stanley’s cup that would put that one to shame.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        Has your lil trophy fed a Kentucky Derby winner?
        Gone swimming in countless pools?
        Been taken into the shower with Hall of Fame players?
        Been taken on rollercoasters?
        Been taken to a house party thrown by Pantera?
        Been strapped to a boat and inner tube and taken out water skiing?
        Had babies baptized in it?
        Made it to the stage in a strip club without getting tackled by security?
        Has it been to Kandahar Afghanistan during war time?

        No? Then what the heck are you talking about?

      • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        I’d plus that cup if that can also be used as a dog food holder.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Less cheap whiskey, champ.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      Second.

    • Shayna - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:26 AM

      Aside from the reasons already given, it’s the only major trophy I know of that has each player’s name engraved on it. As you may be able to see if you peer at what Puig is clutching, the rings around the base bear not just teams’ names but also the name of each player on that team. Now that’s better than some anonymous trophy that tells the barest information about those who have won it and than a trophy that has your name but no history. (Isn’t there a golf trophy that they engrave immediately after the last putt is sunk, so that the winner receives his goody with his name already on it?)

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Coolest.

      Average NHL Ice temperature: 20 degrees

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Debatable? If so, wow, thats a fast and easy debate. Stanley cup wins 1000 times out of 1000

    • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      How and why?

  3. pascalswager42 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Barry Melrose does NOT approve of this post

  4. mustbechris - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    But did he flip the Stanley Cup?

    • infieldhit - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      I imagine him doing it once, and catching it perfectly.

      …Then trying it again, dropping it, and having it smash apart.

  5. notsofast10 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I’d like to see him flip it!

  6. dcarroll73 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    I have tried as a SF (nee NY) Giants fan to be pro-Puig, but now, perhaps unknowingly, he has thrown in on the side of darkness against my Rangers. It will take a lot to make me forgive this (like a couple of base running blunders when playing the Giants.) And to put in my two cents on “coolest trophy” – yes, Stanley Cup by a mile. Non-hockey fans probably don’t know that this trophy is old enough that they don’t have room to keep adding the champions, and so they came up with a BRILLIANT solution. They have rings around The Cup with the engraved names, and they migrate the older ones to the vault at the Hockey Hall of Fame. We don’t have to tell you what country that institution resides in, right?

    • kkkershaw22 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:17 AM

      F$@ck the giants that’s my debate

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        If that’s you’re debate I’ll bet you like Sarah Palin!

  7. kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Coolest? ‘In professional sports’…..?
    So by this I assume you are doing the typical American thing and ignoring the rest of the planet?

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      I’m reading a lot of blathering to the contrary from you without a single example of another trophy that can compare.

      • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:46 AM

        Is the Rugby sevens cup valid in this? I’m goin with the PBA (Philippine basketball association) cup, cause that’s all the cups I know aside from the world cup.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        Geeze….the largest viewed event on the planet, which the entire planet hotly contests seems to be going on? Wonder if that even gets a mention by people on here?

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        A Major League Baseball blog doesn’t talk about soccer? Now there’s a shocker, and the World Cup trophy might be the most hotly contested trophy in the world but that doesn’t make it the coolest.

      • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        7’s is a pretty newly created form of the game. Web Ellis Trophy is the Rugby world cup

      • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        Thank you for pointing out that this is a baseball blog. Much appreciated.

      • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:38 AM

        I’m positive the World Baseball Classic will soon be on par with the World Cup, truly a wonderful tournament this is and not to mention a non Baseball country like the Philippines is slowly understandin the true meaning of this wonderful sport cause of this event.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Soon be on par with the World Cup? Is this a joke?

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        As incompetent and dirty as the NHL (and every other major league sports league) happens to be, they pale in comparison to the gang-like attitudes of FIFA, the world’s most discriminating group of lazy, fat, and judgmental (emphasis on mental). How many more Nepalese are going to die building stadiums in Qatar?

        So there’s that.

      • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        A joke???

        Why would I even joke about this? Look… I said “soon” , it may not be today or next year but I’m sure that will come. The WBC’s influence is slowly growin from other countries, and this is comin from a person where basketball is king in our country.

        Baseball activities have already been on the rise here, South Korea, a soccer country a long time ago especially a die hard one when they won in 2002 and look at em now, Baseball is now their no.1 sport. I don’t know the influence of it around the world. But one thing for sure… It certainly is growing here in South east Asia.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        WBC doesn’t even have all the worlds best players or allow pitchers to go deep into games. It’s practically an exhibition disguised as a baseball tourny.

      • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        “It’s practically an exhibition disguised as a baseball tourny.”

        Well, we both have our point of views and opinions about it, if that’s what you think it is then I’ll respect that. But people from other countries would think otherwise, just as you said… most of the best aren’t participatin in it… but if their are other athletes out there superstar or not just as long he’s playin his heart out for his country then that alone is enough that this tourny is worth watchin for.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        You said the WBC will soon be on par with the World Cup. The best playing the best vs a few of the best who are not allowed to be used 100% by their managers because nobody cares enough to let them play 100%.

    • ThatGuy - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      First off, the Cup is a Canadien icon first, American second. Hockey is also an interntational game(like Baseball, except with Mostly NA and European, instead of NA and SA) with players from all over the world that win it and bring it back to their home countries.

    • 4cornersfan - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Why not? What’s the rest of the planet got besides poor hygiene?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Not just Americans: baseball fans who are known to be ethnocentric to the max. And they have terrible eye had coordination!

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Report my spelling! Meant eye hand coordination but that’s not right…meant eye foot coordination.

  8. kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    No offense to anyone, especially Drew…but the ol’ ‘in professional sports’ term is something that truly pains me to hear. So ESPN’y.

  9. jwbiii - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Sorry for the slide show, but

    http://www.totalprosports.com/2012/06/18/15-weirdest-places-the-stanley-cup-has-been/

    • renaado - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      No wonder that cup is unknown here… It haven’t visited South east Asia yet.

      They still won’t understand it even if they visited here anyways. We’ll just go with the “flow”.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      That was funny and I’m aware of the cups antics. Been visiting Vancouver and following the Canucks for 25yrs.

      My main gripe was the term used. It’s tedious and often obnoxious.
      (btw pretty sure they have a replica which makes the rounds. I don’t think an irreplaceable item goes to Pantera house parties and strip clubs)

      • cshearing - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        Yes, it does. As others have mentioned, old rings get taken off and kept at the hall of fame so that new rings can be added, but the Cup is the Cup; there is no replica used officially. It has been nearly lost a few times. There is a full-time handler of the Cup that follows/carries it around and tries to ensure nothing too bad happens to it.

      • cur'68 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Kiwi: gotta back the cup on this point. Its the one and only trophy that goes from player to player on the winning team and “does stuff” with them. I think that thing’s even been ice fishing. Its been dented, dropped, nearly run over, nearly dropped into deep bodies of water, you name it. But it makes the rounds every season.

      • ThatGuy - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        There is a replica of the Stanley Cup, but it is used as a display piece at the Hockey Hall of Fame when the actual cup is making the rounds with players or out of town at various PR things.

      • ThatGuy - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Actually, to be clear, there are three version. The original cup(just the top bowl portion) started becoming fragile in the like 60’s, and was replaces by an exact replica now known as the Presentation cup. The original is permanently displayed at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The presentation cup is what is awarded, and goes with the players and does all PR stuff.

        A replica was made in the early 90s to display at the Hockey Hall of Fame when the Presentation cup is away on business.

  10. ejheim62 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    kind of reaching for our “daily” required Puig story, aren’t we? What is up with the incredible man-crush on Puig, anyways?

  11. dexterismyhero - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    The Claret Jug!!!

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      I’ll reply to my own post also. You probably won’t get an STD from the Claret Jug!!! :)

  12. 22yearsagotoday - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Jamaican Bobsled team: just saying, maybe Puig played street hockey.

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