Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stopped by the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training on Sunday to offer Yasiel Puig some pointers at the plate.
Former United States Democratic presidential nomination candidate Bernie Sanders may have a new job according to his official Twitter account — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s personal batting coach.
The beloved (by some) politician paid a visit to The Dodgers spring training camp on Sunday where he met with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, relief pitcher Kenley Jensen and Puig (who he gave a few pointers to. Which likely means Puig will do really well next season, but won’t win anything “wink wink:)
Sanders, who is now the senator from Vermont, was wearing a vintage Brooklyn Dodgers cap in honor of his longtime admiration for the team.
“My memories of the Dodgers go back a little bit before L.A.,” Sanders told the LA Times. “We were in Brooklyn. The Dodgers were more than a team. They were a way of life. The team meant the world to the kids of Brooklyn. I’m sure that’s the case now.”
Sanders was as much a celebrity at Camelback Ranch as the boys in blue (maybe even more so) and he signed autographs and took photos of fans who were lining the stands. He even joked that he, “learned how to do math by calculating “the batting averages of Gil Hodges and Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, and the pitching records of Don Newcombe.”
He even offered to play shortstop for the team, just in case Corey Seager, the two-time All-Star, doesn’t get cleared.
Sanders’ bid for the Presidency was short-lived as Hilary Clinton ultimately earned the Democratic nomination, and second place is something the Dodgers know all about — they fell short in the World Series Game Seven to lose the long-awaited championship to the Houston Astros.