Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yasiel Puig reportedly disrespects former Diamondbacks star

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has made many fans since breaking into the big leagues over a month ago. In fact, the Cuban sensation has done nothing but good things in his brief major league career. Well, until Monday.

According to Dan Bickley of USA TODAY, Puig completely disrespected former Arizona Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez before Monday's game at Chase Field. During batting practice, Gonzalez allegedly approached Puig, introduced himself, and began telling him how his family also had roots in Cuba, too.

However, Puig reportedly didn't even look up or acknowledge Gonzalez. And as Bickley points out, Gonzalez was speaking in Spanish, so it wasn't like Puig didn't understand what he was saying.

Gonzalez confirmed the one-sided conversation, but didn't comment any further.

The incident didn't sit well with Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who witnessed the awkward meeting, and immediately jumped on Puig pretty good. McGwire reminded Puig that the man he was ignoring once laced a game-winning hit off future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera to win a World Series, and that Gonzalez' number also hangs inside Arizona's stadium.

Being a competitor is one thing, but totally dissing one of the great players who came before you is quite another. Let's hope for Puig's sake that this trend doesn't continue and this whole ordeal was just an isolated incident.

13 comments:

  1. No excuses-the young man needs someone to straighten him out-like now!!

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  2. I can understand Puig, by being completely and utterly focused on Baseball and not making friends. It does not make it right by any means dissing Gonzalez, and I applaud Mark McGwire, by getting on him and breaking him from his bad behavior. Kudos Mark, Puig, time to be a Big league role model and relax a little.

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  3. I think he will become a very good player but someone needs to sit down and have a real heart to heart meeting with him. We don't need another ahole in the game. Rich of Visalia, CA

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  4. The guy has only been in the Majors for a little over a month and already he is acting like a jerk to one of the games most respect former player . How will he act in two months, like Castro a dictator . He thinks he's got it like that , when the pitchers find the whole in his hitting and he can't adjust to the pitchers then what, he will back to the minors where he belongs. The Cubans got a saying for people like him [Come mielda] , ask somebody to translate .

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  5. He dissed (allegedly dissed, I'm not convinced it's true) a former steroid abusing player.

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  6. There is a time and place for every conversation. Its like someone coming up to you at work and starts talking while you are working. It really think he was focused on what he was doing because he is passionate about his craft. I dont see why he should drop everything to have a conversation. Everyone is so upset at his success and want him to fail. thats what is know as a "hater" in my book. Go Dodgers and long live Puig!!!

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  7. Just looked up Gonzalez's numbers......a PED user for sure. Perhaps Puig is just an adamant anti-drug player who believes those who juiced put the game in jeopardy.

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  8. Luis Gonzalez is a dirty steroid user! He need to STFU and go away!

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  9. He needs to learn the Dodger way of Baseball... HAVE RESPECT and CLASS!!! It's the name on the front NOT the back!!!

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  10. Pig is a punk, bush league all the way.

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