If you’re going to troll Yasiel Puig, you’d better be prepared to face his wrath.
The Colorado Rockies obviously never got that memo.
Oh, they definitely trolled Puig during Friday’s game at Coors Field, but they clearly weren’t prepared for the response Puig dealt them in the ninth inning.
How it all started
After Puig reached on a double leading off the seventh inning, he attempted to advance to third base on pinch-hitter Joc Pederson’s fly ball to left field. Colorado’s Gerardo Parra was having none of that. He made the grab, then he uncorked a splendid throw that beat Puig by several feet and allowed Nolan Arenado to apply an easy tag.
It was a gem of a throw. One that we couldn’t blame Parra for celebrating. But we’re sure he caught Puig’s attention when he added in the Dikembe Mutumbo finger wag. Nothing adds more salt in the wound of an embarrassed player than a finger wag.
Running on GP, not recommended. pic.twitter.com/9jEVvdGyiV
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 2, 2018
Puig strikes back
Puig would use his lumber to gain his revenge.
In the ninth inning, he launched a massive two-run home run that measured as the Dodgers longest of the season and tied Puig’s longest during the Statcast era.
Coors, yes, but Yasiel Puig's 449-footer to straightaway center still deserves recognition.
— Matt Kelly (@mattkellyMLB) June 2, 2018
That was some blast.
The home run was Puig’s fourth hit on the game, so he’d already done some serious damage. The insurance runs proved important too. Though the Dodgers held on to win 11-8, the Rockies brought the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth inning.
It’s always Puig, isn’t it?
Sure, he’s played the protagonist and antagonist role his share of times, but baseball has a handful of players in that category.
With that in mind, you won’t find a more animated player in MLB than Puig. From his bat-licking routine at the plate, to his tongue-wagging on the bases after stealing an extra 90 feet, he’s never shy about giving the outside world a little insight into his mindset.
Puig’s animated antics — which have been labeled as everything from passion-filled to flat-out strange — have a tendency to rub people the wrong way. As a result, Puig frequently finds himself as the target of other players outcries of joy or contempt.
That’s just the nature of sports. If you make the most noise when you succeed, you’ll get the loudest response when you fail. It’s all in how you handle the noise, and on Friday night anyway, Puig handled it perfectly.
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