Dodgers' Yasiel Puig Adds to Legend With Another Record Night
He did it again.
Yasiel Puig’s 10 RBIs tie the @mlb record for most through 5 career games (Jack Merson, 1951; Danny Espinosa, 2010).— MLB (@MLB) June 8, 2013
Taking an 0-1 pitch from Paul Maholm deep to left in the eighth, Puig did indeed tie the record for most RBI in a player's first five games. The video of this historic shot can be found here.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have found a true superstar in Puig. He is batting .421 and slugging 1.105 with four homers along with those 10 RBI.
He isn't just a good hitter, however, as he showed off some spectacular defense in his MLB debut, finishing off the San Diego Padres with a double play to win the game 2-1.
If that weren't enough, Puig came back and blasted two home runs the next night and hit his first career grand slam two nights later.
That grand slam also left longtime Dodgers announcer Vin Scully speechless (per Buster Olney of ESPN), and Scully has seen Jackie Robinson steal home, Sandy Koufax pitch a perfect game and Kirk Gibson hit his legendary home run.
Puig has become a hero in L.A., giving fans who were hopelessly frustrated a reason to cheer. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times discusses how much of a freak Puig is (in a good way) compared to other players:
Even to the untrained eye, Puig looks noticeably stronger and faster than everyone else on the field. Whether swinging a bat, running or throwing, everything he does is an explosion of controlled violence—the equivalent of a championship boxer's best punch.
No one in MLB has been as hot as Puig in the last week or so, and teams are taking note. In his at-bat in the bottom of the eighth on Friday, he came up with two outs and a runner on third, and the Braves opted to walk Puig instead of pitch to the 22-year-old star.
He just continues to build on what already looks like a Hall of Fame career, and it's hard not to get excited when you think about what this kid's done and what he could do.
Another night, another Yasiel Puig homer. #VivaPuig— MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) June 8, 2013
If traffic in LA is worse today than normal, it could be because people are randomly stopping to scream and chant for Yasiel Puig.— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2013
For Puig, it was another night at the ballpark. For Dodgers fans everywhere, it spells hope.
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