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Hey Puig! Respect The Game! — oh, wait. You are. Carry on then.

Jul 25, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

Below is a picture of Yasiel Puig literally respecting the game. The caption he wrote under the pic:

thank you sir for giving me the opportunity to learn the history of this great baseball player this will be another inspiration to keep fighting hard in my career #baseball #clemente #21 #3000 #mlb #mlbfancave #thanks #goodday #goodtime #goodbless


  1. grumpyoleman - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    So the guy does a good thing but you put the whole tone of the article into jerk mode. Way to troll for hits on a Friday afternoon.

    • senotonom205 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      It’s over the top at this point. I don’t even disagree with him, but you start ruining your point when we have to read a title like this one every other day. We get it, you don’t like the “Respect the game” argument and you don’t like people who make the “Baseball is dying” argument. Move on to new things, for the sake of all of your readers.

      • pixteca - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Who are you replying to?

    • orangandblack - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Is this your first Craig Calcaterra article?

      • senotonom205 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Far from it unfortunately. I’m not even trying to be one of those people that just comes here to hate on Craig because I don’t think that he does a bad job. I just think he picks one or two things and then beats them into the ground, to the point that most will just roll their eyes when they read another article that makes the exact same argument he has made time and time and time again. Even if they completely agree with him, which I do.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        I feel that way about the MVP articles, so here’s what I do: I skip them. I read other articles and comment on those. Generally, I stay away from the WAR and Pete Rose ones too. I immediately go the Wahoo ones, though, because I never get tired of fighting about that. That’s who those posts are for: the folks who can go on about said topic forever. You can save yourself a lot of grousing by doing the same. If an article isn’t for you, don’t bother.

      • jeffbbf - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        It’s called feedback. We’re all hoping Craig’s listening.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        There’s a little button for that.

    • lanflfan - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      I did not read any “jerk mode” in Craig’s article. He made light of the whole Puig and “respecting the game” sillyness.

    • scatterbrian - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Despite the odd wording (“oh, wait. You do.”?) the headline is complimentary. The snark — what you refer to as jerk mode — is directed toward people who criticize Puig and believe he doesn’t respect the game.

  2. blacksables - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    His written English is fantastic for someone who doesn’t speak the language.

    • entitymn - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      The hashtags are even more of a giveaway, though. “#mlb #mlbfancave” really? But they do end with “#goodbless” which is nice.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        As an agnostic,that is now my new rejoinder for my religeuos custermers.
        Good bless you too,Father.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    • pixteca - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      That happens to a lot of us latinos, we can write and read it ok, but speaking it is what is diffucult for most.

      • pixteca - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:05 PM


      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        I think that’s true of everyone. My written French and Spanish are much better than my verbal Gringo and “French.” I’ve had students whose second language was English and theirs was very formal and correct, even if they couldn’t speak it well (and others who just had a tough time with it all around).

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        This may be just me(it probably is) but I understand Spanish way better than I say or read it.

        Maybe that is because I always try to translate the words in english before I say them?

        Plus I only have a coworker to teach me.

        She taught me the swear words first and that is when I became interested in learning.

  3. senotonom205 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Really? That’s the title you use for this? This is getting really bad.

    • jc4455 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      He did write a non-troll piece a couple days ago that was pretty good. Maybe the weekend shift will come up with something good.

  4. crispybasil - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Either way, this is great to see. I wonder how much access players like Puig have to information about players like Clemente before defecting.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      This is really wonderful. If Puig could learn just a little of the brilliance and humanity of Clemente, it would make him a better person. Clemente was one of those incredibly rare men who sacrificed selflessly and made the lives and careers of everyone around him better. How could anyone escape the lessons from Roberto making the ultimate sacrifice of his own life in trying to fly supplies into earthquake victims in Nicaragua? Good job for showing a little respect Yasiel.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Do you really think that just because Yasiel Puig grew up in Cuba that he didn’t learn about Roberto Clemente until this recent visit to Pittsburgh?

        Kyle, your comment is comedy gold.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Of course he learned about all the Pirate greats in Cuba. And we’re happy to loan Roberto to him as a role model – he’ll be hard pressed to find any worth looking up to in LA.

      • Reflex - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Yes, I keep forgetting how people are all inherently better humans in Pittsburgh than they are in LA.

        You really work hard to earn that jerk label you’ve gained.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:15 AM


        Jackie Robinson comes to mind,but hmmmmmm….nevermind

  5. ch0psuey - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Good job Dodgers PR department…

  6. baberuthslegs - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Craig will admit he’s a troll.

  7. seanwasamarine - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    I’m getting tired of people defending Puig’s antics by saying he deserves a break because he came from a different country and is learning the customs and culture of the game. I wonder why José Abreu doesn’t act the way Puig does on a baseball field. He came from Cuba too but you don’t see him acting like a jackass on the field. It’s because Abreu has respect for the game and maybe even has teammates who would call him out if he ever acted like a jackass on field.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      cool story. needs more dragons

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Dragons are the new zombies.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Not that that’s a bad thing.

        In fact, zombie dragons could be awesome

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Mother Jones: Zombie Dragon Slayer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Actually, it might be funnier if it was Phyllis Schlafly. I’m pretty sure she could uptight hate-kill a zombie.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        I’ve love to see her try.

        Two enter, one leaves. Might be the first time anyone’s rooted for the zombies

    • tved12 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      I actually like Puig (Cardinals fan here) and I don’t really care about the bat flipping and what not. That said, I love your point. It’s always brought up that he’s from another culture, etc… but you never hear the counter argument that you brought up. Puig is the only defector that I can recall seeing this from. Cespedes, Abreu, Chapman, none of them put on the show like he does.

      Good point Sean. Although I’ll say, you should lighten up about the game dude. If somebody wants to flip their bat, who gives a crap? The same silly antics have hurt his team when they leak into other parts of the game, such as overthrowing the cut off man to show off his huge arm.

  8. Uncle Charlie - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Craig you need to replace the article ideas in your hat. This site is getting boring, the only thing saving it is the comment section.

    Retired player that’s done something stupid…check
    Derek Jeter…check
    Trolling fan base…check
    Unwritten rules…check
    Baseball’s dying…check

    • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      I tell ya, no one appreciates the set up man. Craig gives us all kinds of writing prompts (aka baseball “news”) and then space to go to town amusing ourselves and one another. Don’t be bitter. That’s what sets this blog apart. Mine you go to for the writing; here you come for the comments. If you just want stories, there are tons of other sports sites out there — like

      See, I read and responded to your comment! Wasn’t that fun?

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Craig really needs a good straight man for his routine. The Abbott to his Costello, if you will

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        I’m no help to Craig, but I do try to assist folks here in the comments…and I get no respect, I tells ya!

      • Uncle Charlie - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        So I finally meet Craig’s girlfriend. How are things working out for you two?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Sorry, Charlie. I’m FA. Allison has a much greater Batman tolerance than I EVER will.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Uncle Charlie is bored..Check
      Uncle Charlie want’s you to modify an existing blog to highlight his interest…check
      Uncle Charlie is playing on his parents PC…check
      Uncle Charlie needs his binkie….check?

  9. pixteca - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Boy, people can be so boring… the article is OK, I find Puig fun and this blog is cool. I wouldn’t have found out about Puig’s visit if not for this post. Why are some of the frecuent followers of this blog so GRUMPY!!??

  10. moogro - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    He may seem to be respecting the game. Because we all agree on something: something is off.
    We all agree we should give him a homework assignment that he should do.
    Is he respecting the game with the right kind of respect, the right kind of right way?

    • deepstblu - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Maybe next spring he’ll be in the best respecting shape of his life.

  11. mikhelb - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    For those wondering: the person who writes as if its Puig… is a woman who was hired by the Dodgers PR, and manages various accounts of spanish speaking players.

    If you did not know, then you do know. It is not that Puig abuses the use of the octothorpe, it is part of the job of the person in charge of those accounts.

    Carry on, nothing to see.

    by the way in Cuba people get more Baseball games for free OTA than most people in the US do in 3 years.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      Yeah I know,bought MLB pack for a month,can only watch highlight of Sox games.Even though they sell out every game.Still blackout conditions.Did not see any Sox games in said month.

      They did remind me Vin Scully is still with us so it was not all bad,but 29 bucks a month and I cannot watch my own laundry lose?

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