Puig's home run trot calls for criticism
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 16:10
Yasiel Puig’s premature home run celebration during Monday’s NLCS Game 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals drew criticism from Cardinal veteran Carlos Beltran.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder began his trot after what he thought might be a home run over the right field wall. Beltran publicly detested Puig’s eccentric gestures and labeled the Dodger rookie as some who “doesn’t know about how to act.”
“He must think that he’s still playing somewhere else,” Beltran said. “He has a lot of passion, no doubt about that – great ability, great talent. I think with time, he’ll learn that you’ve got to act with a little bit more calm.”
The ball fell short of a homerun as Puig legged out an RBI triple in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory to narrow the Cardinals’ series lead to 2-1.
Bleacher Report writer Tim Daniels claimed defends the eccentric rookie as a player that brings baseball back into the spotlight.
“Baseball could use more exciting stars like Puig to increase its popularity on a national scale,” Daniels wrote. “But it’s a sport with a lot of unwritten rules, and doing anything that appears to show up the opponent is near the top of the forbidden list.”
Dodger teammate Jerry Hairston Jr. explained Puig’s actions as passionate displays. Hairston Jr. said in an ESPN report that “[Puig] is like a 16-year-old kid playing Little League.”
“He’s just so passionate, so emotional about the game,” he said. “He really means no disrespect. He really means no harm. He just got excited tonight. He got a really big hit for us.”