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VIDEO: Yasiel Puig gets creative to avoid tag at home plate

Aug 2, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was forced to leave last night’s game against the Cubs due to mild left hamstring soreness, but he did something pretty amazing prior his early exit.

Bottom of the sixth inning, runners on first and second with one out. Hanley Ramirez hits a ground ball to third baseman Luis Valbuena, who threw to second base for the force out. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara threw to first to attempt to complete the double play, but Ramirez beat the throw. Puig, who was on second base when the play began, decided to come all the way home. And that’s when it got interesting.

The call was confirmed on replay. This is one of those situations where it would have looked pretty bad if Puig was thrown out, but he managed to make it into something spectacular. In other words, business as usual for him.

  1. geejon - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    It scares me as a Dodgers fan that he’s still oblivious to time/score.

    It’s not gonna be funny if he does that in the playoffs down by 2 runs and gets tagged out.

    Crossing my fingers/hoping for the best.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      If he isn’t attempting plays like that, the Dodgers chances to win are very small. He plays at a different level, and occasionally it doesn’t work out. But, I think it works out often enough that it helps more than the misses hurt.

      • twinfan24 - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Sorry, I meant chances to win a title, not just to win.

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Oh, it will be funny… it will be Matt Holliday taking one off the nuts, on a routine fly ball, in the playoffs funny.

    • mikhelb - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      I do not recommend you to watch caribbean baseball during the winter, that’s the usual type of plays we get to enjoy… and curiously there are not many injuries in latino players during the winter, most injuries are from US born baseball players who after getting a small cut in a leg they want to hit the equivalent to the DL.

  2. jjschiller - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Why didn’t the Cubs challenge it? He was out. The first time he reaches with his left, he punches the catcher’s mitt.

    • jjschiller - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Oops, I see they did challenge it. Then the story here is that the replay officials missed another one. because he clearly knocks the knuckles of his wrapped left hand right in to the end of the catchers mitt.

      • eaglealan64 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        I thought the same – very strange.

  3. irishmanknowsall - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Hustle in the game-honored tradition of Cobb, Rose, Wills, et al. 110% all the time. And THAT, is what the game of baseball, and life, is all about.

  4. shoehole - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I agree with jjschiller. He looked out to me with his second lunge to home plate.

  5. roseann894 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Nice video. Except, you know, there isn’t one.

  6. andreweac - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Why is Puig continuing to disrespect the game by drawing so much attention to himself with plays like this? Think of all the children watching the game!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Indeed, nothing spits on the graves of Campy, Junior and Big D worse than helping the Dodgers win enough to lead their division.
      (pssst: good chance Andre and I were both being sarcastic)

  7. Stiller43 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    The sarcastic outrage is hideously annoying.

    • CyclePower - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Perhaps because there’s a segment of baseball fans for whom that sentiment isn’t sarcasm but how they really feel. And perhaps you’re one of them. And perhaps you don’t like to be mocked.

  8. moogro - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I don’t know why, but the video angle similar to the picture was shown last night. In it, you can see the gap between the catcher’s mitt and Puig’s right hand.

  9. 4cornersfan - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Better to score a run than not with 2 outs.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      You never ever…ever make the last out at home…or 3rd base.
      This isn’t my rule. It’s the Gods of Baseballs rule. And it makes perfect sense.
      Fortunately, in this case Puig was quicker than Castillo so it’s a moot point.

  10. kev86 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Mets fan here that thinks Puig is exciting and great for the game. Hope we can get an OF like him. He’s fun to watch.

  11. Stiller43 - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Im ACTUALLY on “your side.” But when theres nobody arguing for the other side, and we still have sarcastic douche bag comments making an argument when there is none…its just annoying.

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