We don’t usually do in-game posts, but Yasiel Puig doesn’t usually do, well, this.
In the third inning, with one out and Brandon Belt on first, Brandon Hicks lifted an easy fly ball to right field, where Puig lazily tried to one-hand it and let it drop. But before a million columnists could register a billion articles worth of “HE’S RUINING THE GAME!” outrage, Puig made up for it by firing to second and getting Belt on the force.
But still! The laziness! The insolence! The… very next play!
I get that Puig is infuriating sometimes. I get that he acts a fool out there, and I get that although his strong arm and talent allowed him to salvage his mistake, it would have been better if he’d just caught the damn ball in the first place. But come on, now. Baseball is a game. It’s supposed to be fun. And is there anyone more fun in the sport than him right now? Is the game not more entertaining and exciting because a guy who can do this on back-to-back plays — sadly, he only singled in the next inning, rather than hitting a nine-run homer — exists?
Register your displeasure, stodgy old columnists. No one cares. This was great. (The Dodgers currently hold a 1-0 lead in the fourth.)