Yasiel Puig Solves New York and Prompts Bromance with Dodgers Legend Vin Scully
Yasiel Puig had himself a day in New York as he made his Yankee Stadium debut, and Vin Scully had the call.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had a doubleheader with the Yanks today, and Puig found a way to make his mark in both contests. Dodgers legend Vin Scully took over the team's official Twitter feed for the night.
I broadcast the Yankee/ Dodger World Series in '53, '55, '56, '63 and '81. No way I could have imagined tweeting a game. -#VinScully— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 19, 2013
Scully had already seen Puig in action, and he left the longtime announcer and future Hall of Famer speechless.
Scully continued his newfound bromance with Puig on Wednesday as the Cuban phenom smacked four hits over the two games.
The day started out with Puig taking on Hiroki Kuroda. In his first at bat, Puig ripped a single up the middle. He tried stretch it to a double, however, and came up just short despite his hit clearly only being good for a single.
Puig then almost made a spectacular play in the bottom of the second, trying to get Thomas Neal out at first on a hit to right field, but he just missed making the play.
After lining out in the third, Puig came up in the sixth inning and smashed a ball right at second baseman Robinson Cano, who made an incredible play to record the out. If anyone else was at second base (or even if it was Cano on a different day), Puig would have had a nice hit.
Puig then came up in the eighth inning and stretched what looked like a single into a double.
Puig's final at-bat of the game was a disappointing one, as Mariano Rivera came in for the save and struck Puig out looking to end the game. It's never easy to face the best closer in history, and Puig learned that the hard way.
Scully then took over the Twitter feed for the second game, and he fell in love with Puig once again.
It looks like Puig and Ethier have a nice relationship out there. -#VinScully— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2013
Puig was even better in his second game, despite only recording four at-bats.
He started the game off with a bunt single that he beat out, showing off his wheels. He then scored on a Hanley Ramirez single two batters later.
Puig would strike out in the second and get hit by a pitch in the fifth before stealing second and scoring on another Ramirez hit.
Yasiel Puig has just stolen second. He can sure do it all. HBP, stolen base, ground out -- now he's at 3rd base. -#VinScully— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2013
Adam Warren would come in to relieve Phil Hughes in the seventh inning, and Puig led off against him. On the first pitch Warren threw, Puig would shoot it the opposite way and out of the stadium for a solo jack.
The shot didn't go unnoticed by Scully, who showed some love for Puig's versatility.
Yasiel Puig has got a bunt single, a stolen base, and a home run. He is unbelievable. His talent is absolutely breathtaking. -#VinScully— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2013
That ended Puig's relevant at-bats, finishing the day in New York going 4-for-9 with four runs, a stolen base and a homer.
Scully was beside himself by the end of the day.
Holy Mackerel, it's Puig! He is unbelievable.-#VinScully— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2013
Puig's New York debut couldn't have gone much better. He had a heck of a day and earned the love and respect of legendary announcer Vin Scully.
Not bad for a day at the ballpark.
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