Monday, April 18, 2016
I Think It's Safe to Like Yasiel Puig Again
I'm writing this post because something like this needs to be said. Yasiel Puig is one of those players that got kinda cocky off the field, and did some crazy, reckless things over the past few years in LA. But...it's 2016 now, and the guy's been on the DL, and he's been brought back to earth. I think he's better now.
Remember, back in 2014, when Brett Ratner was gonna direct a movie about Puig, and how cinematic his way of escaping Cuba was? That's how big Puig was. He was a big star, did big things, lived big, and there was gonna be a movie about him. Of course, now the US-Cuba relations are kinda smooth, that movie probably won't happen for a little while longer.
Puig-mania is basically over, but that doesn't mean that Yasiel Puig is not still a great ballplayer. Hell, he's probably better now that the pressure's off. The guy was on the DL for most of last season, and now that he's back, he's hitting better, playing better outfield, and going back to how he portrayed himself on the field back in 2013 and 2014. The old Puig is back, which isn't exactly saying the old habits are back, but for now, I'm optimistic.
Puig isn't at the point where he's the crucial puzzle piece that's powering the Dodgers (that would be Clayton Kershaw). Mostly it's a team effort, with equal tug from people like Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier. They have a lot of people doing pretty well now, and it's not like they're all relying on Puig.
The Dodgers are tangling with SanFran for first, which so far is pretty even. I have a feeling that Puig will do his part to give them a leg up over the Giants.
Coming Tonight- The Red Sox' biggest offseason acquisition. And he's out for blood.