Has the phrase Sparkpuig been coined yet? If not … I’ve got dibs!
The ailing and struggling Los Angeles Dodgers got a huge shot in the arm the other night when they brought top prospect Yasiel Puig to Chavez Ravine. We can talk about his numbers all you want, but the thing that will resonate the most out of the Cuban rookie’s first MLB series is how he made us feel.
The first two games of the home stand against the despised San Diego Padres saw the Dodgers come out victorious. That alone is good news, but the fashion with which they won those games — riding the excitement of Puig’s arrival — is the story.
The first two months of the season for the blue crew have been so disappointing that the mere notion of someone coming in to save the day is awe-inspiring. It’s the kind of thing you only see in movies … and isn’t the new Superman flick opening about now?
It’s in our makeup as humans to remain devoted to our cause until a savior arrives, and while it’s a little early to put Puig on a pedestal, we can certainly put him on bit of a step above. This young man looks as though he has come to save Don Mattingly’s sinking ship.
Over the past season and a half, the Dodgers have brought in some good players through trades in mid-stride, but they didn’t bring what Puig has brought — youth. That feeling of hope that only a young superstar can bring, with the bat-twirling and the waving to the crowd. You could hear it in the great Vin Scully’s voice. Something special could be happening.
The kid certainly has all the tools to play the game at the MLB level right now. Whether he can carry the entire organization on his shoulders is the question. So far, the Sparkpuig has seemed to jumpstart the blue crew.