This was wonderful to see.
Remember when I was praising Johnny Manziel for being this over the top wild horse that has people all wild up? I am officially proclaiming Yasiel Puig as baseball’s Manziel.
I know, I know Carlos Beltran. You want him to tone it down a notch.
“As a player, I just think he doesn’t know [how to act],” Beltran said via ESPN. “That’s what I think. 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.”
The Dodgers don’t have a mascot. Some fan dressed up as a bear decided to act like one in the ninth inning last night. He was shortly taken away by security.
It made no sense. It was confusing. But it also reminded me that the Dodgers have no mascot and should have one. But because they have no mascot, this was the best in-crowd entertainment they had all night and it was so bad, I wanted to see more.
Too bad I couldn’t see more of it as security took him away. But for one brief moment, the confusion was wonderful.
There’s a bigger, serious issue at hand when fans are out of control and hurt one another. When a Dodgers fan was stabbed during the week by a Giants fan, it really put a black eye on fan behavior.
This comes after the Brian Stow incident two years ago where he was beat up in the parking lot at Dodger stadium.
And Kluwe should know better. He’s had to have seen fan fights in stadiums for years as an NFL punter. He shouldn’t be making jokes out of it.
But here we are. As much as I like his personality and his sense of humor, this was one joke I wish he didn’t make.
Last night when I found out about this, I wasn’t too sure how I should react to it. Now almost a day later, I still can’t put my finger on it.
Even after being told not to celebrate on the field, the players decided to celebrate in the outfield pool. Some say it’s disrespectful to the Diamondbacks and I agree. The pool is not for the Dodgers. It’s part of the team’s identity and the Dodgers just invaded it to celebrate. In that sense, it should not have been done.
But if I take a look at the Dodgers’ side of things. After all they’ve been through this year, I understand their need to celebrate it. It wasn’t the best choice to go to the pool, but it’s not that big of a deal. Maybe it’s the fan reaction that is getting people all worked up.
Honestly, Brandon McCarthy had the best solution to this:
I will never understand athletes. First, I don’t the physical talent. Secondly, I don’t have the money.
So when asked to shave the beard for a million dollars, Brian Wilson turns it down. I guess it’s a rich people problem. I would shave a beard for that kind of money.
I suppose also that the beard controls Wilson now. The gimmick has gone so far that it has become his identity. No more of his previous frosty tips, but now it’s just an out of control thing.
But like I said, I will never understand.
Going to have to get used to seeing this a lot more.
Brian Wilson has reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers and could get called up soon.
This has gotten Giants fans to react to the fact that their former closer and hero has joined the rival. Keep in mind that Wilson was coming off surgery and the Giants did not want to bring him back. Supposedly the Giants considered it this week but as a businessman, Wilson knew joining a first place team made more sense.
And of course on Twitter, this brought out the foolishness of people who could not tell the difference between “traitor” and “trader” from their vocabulary.
Here are a collection of tweets from fans on Twitter with their lack of knowledge on the word.
Yasiel Puig: the next big thing?
OK, I think I get Dodgers fans now. Having lived in LA for about a year now, I get a sense of how Dodgers treat their superstars. I remember Manny Ramirez, Hideo Nomo and have read stories about Fernando Valenzuela.
All of those were great stories for the Dodgers, but Yasiel Puig has taken it to another level. The excitement is so crazy, fans have shelled out money like never before. This is from the LA Times.
The Dodgers sold more Puig-related merchandise from Thursday to Sunday than they had ever sold of any player over a four-day period — more than even Manny Ramirez,Fernando Valenzuela or Hideo Nomo, according to a team spokesperson.
The team sold approximately 3,000 units of Puig-related merchandise in that four-day window, including 1,600 T-shirts ($28), 400 “Viva Puig” T-shirts ($28) and 600 jerseys ($225 for the authentic version, $110 for the replicas).