Yasiel Puig: “Bryce Harper is my idol now”

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Yasiel Puig spoke with Marly Rivera of ESPN the Magazine and talked about where his head is at how, how he’s trying to work harder and be a better teammate, how he’s in better shape this year and those sorts of things.

He also weighs in on Bryce Harper‘s “Make Baseball Fun Again” thing, which is beginning to take the shape of an actual campaign of sorts. At least when it’s not just a marketing angle. Either way, Puig’s on board:

Bryce Harper is my idol now. I’m going to join him in the “make baseball fun again” campaign; I’m just waiting to get my shirts and baseball caps. He’s always been a great friend and a great athlete, and I admire him. I like how he plays the game, and I think he gets it. It’s good to see an American player saying that there needs to be a little more fun in baseball. Fans leave everything behind to come and see us play. We have to make baseball fun for the fans and not take everything so personal.

True dat.

The rest of it sort of reads like a fluff piece — Puig’s own words carry it — but it does suggest a guy who is pretty relaxed compared to the way he was before this year.