Remember in August of 2013 when Bill Plaschke said that Yasiel Puig would end up costing the Dodgers dearly? Well, if you missed that, he said it again in April, this time saying Puig wouldn’t just cost the Dodgers games, but possibly foment a terrorist attack on Dodger Stadium.
Welp, none of that happened, but apparently Puig is once again the biggest threat to the Dodgers. From Los Angeles’ Most Concerned Citizen:
One of the Dodgers’ biggest postseason worries showed up Tuesday night, clearing benches, raising tempers, risking everything.
As long as Yasiel Puig continues to struggle with his emotions, the Dodgers will awkwardly struggle to dodge their flames.
The tempestuous outfielder allowed San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to get into his head by hitting his foot Tuesday night in a first-inning plunking incident that nearly started a brawl . . . Puig cannot be the sort of cornerstone this team craves until he begins leading with his head instead of his heart. As much as the Dodgers value him, they still can’t really trust him, and that scares the heck out of them.
This from a non-fight, immediately after which the Dodgers hit a homer to take an early lead and after which the Dodgers won, pushing themselves to within a game of the NL West crown. And involving the player who has, far and away, been the Dodgers’ most important offensive weapon this year. And often its most important defensive weapon.
But, apparently, if you get a bit perturbed at being hit by a pitch a few days in a row, and when the HBP came from a guy who was a jerk to you earlier in the year, you’re a team cancer. Never mind that what Puig did last night is absolutely no different than what hundreds of other players have done in baseball history. Never mind that, I am 100% certain, Plaschke has praised other players who reacted similarly to being hit by a pitch as possessing “fire” and “competitiveness.”
But this is Yasiel Puig we’re talking about here. He’s different. He’s going to be the death of the Dodgers, my friends. Eventually. Bill Plaschke is sure of it.