In game 3 of the NLCS, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, but it was one of Yasiel Puig‘s at bats that seemed to garner the attention of a fellow outfielder. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Puig smashed a ball to the outfield. At first he thought he had a home run and threw his arms up in the air, but then he realized it wasn’t out of the park so he quickly changed his tune and sprinted around the bases and was into third standing up, clapping his hands frantically celebrating the hit that drove in the second run of the game for the Dodgers. What seemed like just another day at the office for Puig turned out to be quite the issue for Cardinals’ outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Apparently Beltran hasn’t watched much of Puig this season or else he would’ve known that’s just how Puig is. He is young player who is just starting to learn the ropes in MLB. Yasiel has tons of talent and that exact play is what I had in mind yesterday when I mentioned how important it was for Puig to step up in last night’s game. Carlos needs to realize that not all ball players need to be “quiet” when they play. Players celebrate every day when they win and even during games when a big hit or strikeout occurs. Puig’s celebrations are far from disrespect for the game of baseball, and it’s those exact moments that seem to breathe air into the Dodgers. My advice for Carlos would be to just continue being “Mr. October” for the Cardinals and let the Cuban sensation help Los Angeles how he sees fit.