As a fan of Major League Baseball, it’s easy to take pleasure in watching Los Angeles Dodgers’ sensation Yasiel Puig, whether you wear Dodger Blue or not.
Actually, it may be easier to be a fan of Puig’s if you are not actively invested in the Dodgers as a winning, playoff-chasing baseball team. Considering the threat Puig’s talents pose to the opposition both at the plate and in the field, it may seem odd to make a statement like that.
Therein lies the mystery of Yasiel Puig.
Because as good as Puig can be, his lack of focus and extreme cockiness sometimes make him almost as big a threat to his own team as he is to the other 29 teams in the MLB.
Take the series earlier this month against the Mets in New York City, for example. In one game, Puig made a catch so spectacular, he was rewarded with a standing ovation. From Mets’ fans. In that same game, he was doubled off not once, but twice. One step forward, two steps back, it seems.
Puig’s Unbelievable Catch:
Puig’s Base Running Gaffe GIF:
In the same game. Yikes. Puig giveth, Puig taketh away. That really has to sting if you’re a Dodgers’ fan. If you’re not? You ooh and aah at the highlights and shake your head and laugh at the mistakes.
In addition to boneheaded baserunning, Puig also enjoys congratulating himself. He enjoys it so much in fact, sometimes he practices his bat flips on fly outs. Oops.
An Epic Puig Bat Flip After a 452ft Home Run
And an Epic Puig Bat Flip on a Fly Out
When talking about Puig’s many talents, you can’t over look his amazing, cannon-like arm along side his ability to make fantastic, high-light reel catches. But Puig’s lack of focus doesn’t only plague him at the plate and on the base paths, it exists in his defense as well.
Puig Shows Off His Arm:
Puig Loses A Ball In the Sun:
So, yeah. Fans of baseball, but not Dodgers’ fans in particular, are in the best spot to enjoy the many faces of Yasiel Puig.
For now. And we should enjoy it while we can, because Puig can be taught to run the bases and he can mature enough to keep focus and not pimp a home run that gets caught in front of the warning track.
And when that happens, it’s gonna hurt to watch him use his many talents to make the Dodgers’ faithful smile and wonder why they ever doubted him.