Dodgers star Yasiel Puig, nicknamed the Wild Horse by legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, has splashed out $2.65 million on a gated residence in a coveted neighborhood of Encino, Calif.
Puig hit a powerful home run in the bottom of the 7th inning off of reliever Mike Montgomery, after smiling, and chuckling when Montgomery's first pitch seemed like it was outside the strike zone. He goes through stretches where he does this, but for him to sustain it through the course of a whole game, and every single pitch of every single at-bat, that's the potential he has. He even offered to secure the ticket himself.
Puig has come a long way, in a good way, since getting sent in August 2016 to Class AAA Oklahoma City to become a better "player and person", Roberts said at the time.
It's safe to say that Olbermann accepted his defeat to Puig on Twitter last night, but Chicago hasn't done that.
The almost 5,300-square-foot home, a Mediterranean villa mixed with a Monterey colonial built in 2002 with five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, features gleaming medium-brown hardwood throughout the main-floor living and entertaining spaces. This guy is special, and his presence is providing a spark for a clubhouse that's carrying themselves with some swagger in the playoffs.
"Hey @KeithOlbermann I flip on singles and doubles & not on homers", Puig tweeted. Down 2-0 in the fifth, they had two runners on and Yasiel Puig coming to the plate. Puig grew up in Cuba and made multiple attempts to flee that country's repressive government before finally landing on Mexican soil in June of 2012.
There's a grim cultural undercurrent to Puig's performance and reception that absolutely must be understood for context. "I think that it's great when he can play with such emotion and focus as well". His defection efforts were thwarted at least once by the U.S. Coast Guard, and his time in Mexico before trying out for Major League teams was spent under the watch of machete-wielding smugglers threatening to chop off his body parts if his associates in the United States did not pay up for his transport. He may even win a Gold Glove for his strong fielding and stellar arm in right field.
But remember, again, that baseball exists for fun, and twisting yourself into crotchety knots over anything as trifling as baseball is a pointless exercise sure to tarnish the enjoyment of something simple and silly and joyful and pure.
Oh yes, he also licks pine tar from his lumber for luck, flips his bats on seemingly minor hits, plays right field with inimitable grace and kisses his hitting coach on the cheek constantly. Let's hope Yasiel Puig's success continues this postseason because the Dodgers still have seven wins to go!