Jul 7, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (66) jogs towards the dugout after being called out after attempting to steal third base against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at AT

Some fans want to hit Yasiel Puig. Why I say that needs to stop

Yasiel Puig is a player that is full of energy, he goes all out, he loves his team, and I’m pretty sure he loves baseball. However, he does things that are upsetting Americans. Bat flips on singles, doubles, taking part in trash talking, being reckless on the basepaths in some instances, whatever. There are Giants fans that are sick of it.

For the record, he does have a twitter account. Some insight from Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com:

Those fans whose tweets I embedded and others that share a similar sentiment might not care what Mr. Sanchez has to say, just that they are tired of Puig being successful and showing up others and “disrespecting the game.” Here’s what I think, for those of you that follow me on Twitter you know where I’m going with this: if you hit Yasiel Puig, what do you think the Los Angeles Dodgers will do? Play dumb like the beaning was an accident? Be the better, more mature set of individuals and let their skills do the talking? No, in all likelihood, they won’t, even after the brawls between Carlos Quentin-Zack Greinke and Ian Kennedy and co. vs. Mark McGwire and co. So where were we? Ah, yes. Let’s say the Giants hit Puig. Who do they go after next? Either one of their pitchers or Buster Posey, I think that’s probably your answer. Ian Kennedy nearly altered Yasiel Puig’s life by throwing at his head, and what if one of the Dodgers pitches let’s loose, and his aim is off and Posey gets hit in the head? Now what? That could be a career-altering injury, even for a guy that takes foul balls to the mask on a daily basis. If that happened, and it was because of your desire to want to hit Yasiel Puig to satisfy your emotions, would that make you feel better? These are all big “what-ifs” but even if it doesn’t hit Posey in the head and hits him somewhere else and injures him, then what when he falls on the DL? Worth it? Not even close. If the Giants or any other team is fed up with Puig’s shtick, they need to keep him off the bases, make their pitches, and beat up on the Dodgers on the scorecard. If you can’t handle what Puig does, I’m sorry, I don’t feel bad for the people that are angry at that. I don’t want Puig to be successful versus the Giants, either, but if he is, the Giants need to do better. Why would you put your franchise catcher at risk? It makes no sense.

This isn’t to say the Giants won’t do anything, I mean they did go after Jesus Guzman of the San Diego Padres when he hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of a game earlier this season. It wouldn’t shock me if the Giants did something, but I’m not going to be in the camp that’s in favor for it.

Feel free to put your thoughts in the comments section and tell me why you agree, disagree, or what you think should be done!

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  • Miguel Menjivar

    I tend to to agree with your assessment of the Puig situation, you did however forgot the part that Romo played in this incident. Romo does go out there with a lot of emotions and exuberance it is part of what makes him so good at his job. That emotion and exuberance can be perceived by batters and other teams as showing them up. It already has been a problem before, so what goes around comes around, I think is the message here.

    • Stuart Jones

      While Romo may be part of this, I believe it’s a very small part played up by people wanting a story, but could be something that makes up another story in the future. Romo has always been emotional, as was Brian Wilson. This Puig-Hanley-Romo conversation is the first time I’ve heard of people saying Romo might be “showing them up,” although to be fair, it does not necessarily mean that you are wrong in your assessment of the situation.

      Puig’s style of play doesn’t/didn’t just show up in the 9th inning of Sunday’s game, it shows up all the time, and living down in Southern California I get to watch that on a daily basis. I believe that’s the way he plays, and since he’s not pointing and laughing at pitchers as he’s running to first, I’m not bothered by it.

  • Rhonda Wood

    Giant fans get used to it, That’s how Puig plays the game, all out! He has helped turn this team around, with his bat, glove, arm, and legs! He has never played in the show before, he is learning everyday, he knew when he got back to the dugout, he made a mistake trying to steal 3rd., the Dodgers coaches, made sure to tell him. Giant fans behind the Dodger dugout, were taunting him, very bad. That is why I think he dropped his bat in that manner, not due to what Romo had said to him the day before. The Dodgers have had enough of the bean ball this year, it cost 6 weeks of Zack’s year against SD early this year!

    • Stuart Jones

      There could have been a little “how do you like that!” swagger in his follow through swings, but I agree that Romo is not a major part of the story, and that LA should be fed up with brawls.

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