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.