Yasiel Puig catches a lot of guff for his home run celebrations. Or his fly ball celebrations. Basically, the dude flips his bat all the time and no one much likes that.
But check out what he does when he hits a walkoff grand slam — playing as himself — in a video game:
I love the “Hallelujah!”
Can you imagine what would happen if he yelled that at Madison Bumgarner or Gerrit Cole or someone the next time he hit a homer in real life? Heck, if I find a genie in a bottle any time soon I’m thinking that would be my first two wishes.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!