Rookie Yasiel Puig hit an impressive RBI triple on Monday night that helped lead the Dodgers to a win 3-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the 22 year old is coming under fire for his excessive celebration.
Puig didn’t immediately leave the batter’s box, waiting to watch the the ball before realizing it wasn’t out of the park and hustling to third. He also stopped to clap before reaching the base, ESPN reports.
St. Louis Cardinal outfielder Carlos Beltran was unamused by the Cuban’s antics.
“As a player, I just think he doesn’t know [about how to act]. That’s what I think,” Beltran said. “He really doesn’t know. He must think that he’s still playing somewhere else. 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.”
Puig’s fellow Dodgers supported his celebration though.
“I totally understand the opposite side and their view of it,” outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. said. “But what I would say to them is, you’ve got to remember, this guy is like a 16-year-old kid playing Little League. He’s just so passionate, so emotional about the game. He really means no disrespect. He really means no harm. He just got excited tonight. He got a really big hit for us.”
“It’s Puig, man,” said Dodgers player Carl Crawford. “He’s been doing it all year. I mean, I know it’s one of those things where a rookie probably shouldn’t be doing that kind of stuff. But they love it around here. So I guess it’s OK.”
Beltran warned what this could mean in the future for Puig.
“When you try to do those things sometimes, you know, you get that attention, and you don’t want to wake up nobody,” he said. ”I always thought if you hit a home run off a pitcher, you’ve got to make him believe he made a mistake. You don’t wake him up. Or next time, the pitcher’s going to be more focused with you and he’s going to try harder to get you out,” he said.
The Dodgers trail the Cardinals 2-1 in the series.