The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a few amends this past week by bringing up top prospect Yasiel Puig. Calling him up to the parent club brought hope, but his amazing first performances have brought excitement–and not to just the Dodgers, but to all fans of MLB.
One of baseball‘s special moments is when a top closer faces a top hitter in the ninth inning with the game on the line. Anyone watching the game between the Dodgers and the visiting Atlanta Braves on Saturday night came a strike away from one of those special moments. For Puig fans it may have become his biggest test yet, but we will have to wait for another day.
Atlanta closer, Craig Kimbrel, who is a flame throwing shutdown reliever, was on the mound to finish off the blue crew and was on his way to doing so with the suddenly larger than life Cuban defector watching every pitch to Dodger second baseman Mark Ellis.
For Braves fans, the scene may have been a little scary. For Dodger lovers, the moment was loaded with anticipation. For all others, who simply watch for these types of confrontations, it was pure on your edge of the seat fun. And it didn’t even reach the pinnacle.
Kimbrel struck out Ellis with Skip Shumaker on base and Puig twirling his bat in the on deck circle. Oh well, so much for the big face-off.
Rest assured, though, that day will come. Puig, in all of his youthful promise and amazing ability will come to the plate against Kimbrel. The 2011 rookie of the year closer will sprawl out his wings while leaning over the mound, staring menacingly down at his opponent.
Who will get the better of the moment must wait to be seen.