Yasiel Puig & Drew Butera finally make Japan Series relevant to Dodgers fans

The MLB All-Stars opened their time in Japan with an 8-7 exhibition win against the combined teams of Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants, with Yasiel Puig going 1-for-4 with an RBI and Drew Butera going 0-for-1 but coming up with an important pick-off at second. Unfortunately, once the actual Japan Series started, neither did much of anything. The MLB All-Stars lost three games in a row to Samurai Japan (and thus the series), with Puig going 0-for-7 with three walks and Butera never playing an inning. Most importantly, there were no GIF-able moments.

Fortunately, today was much different, as the MLB All-Stars took the game 6-1 and the Dodgers players starred. Puig went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a great diving catch, while Butera went 0-for-4 but made a great play behind the plate.

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It started with Puig’s first hit of the series.

Something Robinson Cano seemed to enjoy trolling him about.

Then Puig tallied another double…

…which he tried to play cool with a mini-flip. Or “weak shit” in terms of NPB bat-flipping, probably.

Almost right after that, he came up with a diving catch.

And a single rounded out his day.

Amazing what he can do when not benched in a Game 4!

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Butera’s highlight came in the last inning and it was a beauty.

Feels good that I finally haven’t wasted my nights/mornings watching all these games.

Hopefully they’ll continue to provide me with relevance when they play again on Nov. 18.

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