Jul. 9, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig reacts against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Yasiel Puig Disrespects Arizona Diamondback Legend Luis Gonzalez


Yasiel Puig has done a lot of great things for baseball, including giving storylines and making Major League Baseball exciting during the dog days of sports in the summer. But like every young buck that comes through, they’ll make mistakes both on and off the field.

Puig definitely made a big mistake by not acknowledging one of the game’s legends. Dan Bickley of USA Today Sports explains what happened between Arizona Diamondbacks’ Luis Gonzalez and the man who started Puig-mania.

During batting practice before Monday’s game at Chase Field, Puig was approached by Luis Gonzalez. The former Diamondbacks star introduced himself, and began relating how his family also had roots in Cuba, just like Puig.

Except Puig wouldn’t even look up or acknowledge his visitor. And for the record, Gonzalez was speaking Spanish, so nothing was lost in translation.

Gonzalez confirmed the one-sided conversation, but declined to elaborate or comment further.

Regardless of what Puig knows about the game’s history, it’s obvious that he at least learned who he was. Making the situation awkward and putting Gonzalez in a bad position is no way to handle it. Even if the rookie didn’t like Gonzalez for some reason, at least acknowledge his existence.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig

  • Al

    Puig should have a least acknowledged Gonzalez.

    • Strykkn

      He did. Don’t just take Luis Gonzalez’ word for what transpired.

      • Al

        Thanks for the insight. Now I can’t understand why people made a big deal outta this then.

  • CoolControl

    Puig’s arrogance shadows his performance.

  • Strykkn

    Apparently Luis Gonzalez is full of shit after those present came out to speak on what happened. Gonzo approached Yasiel just before he was going to step into the cage for BP and introduced himself, & Yasiel shook his hand and was very cordial says McGwire and those around the cage. McGwire did not scold Puig at all he was trying to explain who Gonzo was since Puig didn’t know. Why feel disrespected because a kid fresh from Cuba never heard of you because he barely knows any MLB history??? McGwire was shocked to hear all the BS that came out today and said that was far from what happened. As far as Gonzo is concerned, the word around the Dodgers organization is that the guy was a jerk to put it bluntly when he was in LA for a year.

    • Al

      Woww! This isn’t anything like what some sports writers were saying! People made it seem like McGuire had harsh words for Puig. Drive by media at its finest!