Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was on the receiving end of some jeers from Indians fans at Progressive Field during Tuesday night’s game against the Indians. He responded by flipping them the double bird after homering in the top of the second inning. Chad Moriyama of Dodgers Digest captured a still from the broadcast of Tuesday’s game:
Speaking to the media after the game, Puig said he was indeed being heckled. He added, “I reacted that way. I stooped to their level,” Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Puig said he’ll pay a fine if commissioner Rob Manfred deems it necessary. His teammates found it hilarious, McCullough added.
Puig also singled in a 2-for-4 performance in the Dodgers’ 7-5 win. He is now hitting .239/.313/.418 with 10 home runs, 33 RBI, and 29 runs scored in 240 plate appearances.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.