Yasiel Puig is at it again. The Los Angeles Dodgers' 22-year-old phenom has been having an incredible time on the field, but his dealings with the press have been a complete disaster.
Puig's latest antics came on Monday in Miami as he prepared to take on the Marlins. When the superstar outfielder saw media members waiting for him in the visitors' clubhouse, he decided to give them a piece of his mind.
Yasiel Puig was in the visitors clubhouse here at #Marlins Park & looked at us gathered there and yelled, "F**K the media" and left the room— Josh Friedman (@Friedo790) August 19, 2013
I guess that's why the Dodgers have been actively trying to keep Puig away from the media.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Puig has been next to impossible to interview, is not available before games and rarely speaks after them.
Per Gurnick, manager Don Mattingly wants to make sure that his young right fielder isn't losing his focus on the field because of the attention he's receiving off it:
He's doing the best he can. It's been a big adjustment for him. It's a lot for him to handle.
He wants to make sure his concentration is on baseball, and for us, it's the right thing to keep his priorities in line. In a way, there are certain things that come with it, at least the bare minimum, he'll talk after games.
Puig has shown his immaturity time and time again, and this latest outburst using a certain four-letter word comes without a purpose and could possibly be the worst display of his youth yet.
That's a tough spot to claim, as he's already ignored MLB legends like Luis Gonzalez, had heated arguments with teammates in front of reporters, threw his teammates under the bus for running slower than him and been the center of attention in a benches-clearing brawl.
The biggest display of Puig's immaturity before Monday appeared to be his run-in with Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero. The problems between the two started when Puig tried going from first to home on a wacky play in Arizona.
Puig made a desperate attempt to reach the plate, but the ball thrown home beat him by about 10 feet.
The young stud showed his immaturity by coming home without a chance of scoring, but then made matters worse when he ran over Montero for no reason and was still called out.
If that wasn't enough, Puig and Montero exchanged a few words and stared each other down.
Montero told Tyler Emerick of MLB.com that Puig was completely out of line with the way he acted after the collision:
If he’s my teammate, I probably try to teach him how to behave in the big leagues. He’s creating a bad reputation around the league. ... It’s immaturity. It’s part of his confidence right now that everything is going his way. Everything is right for him, he feels pretty good about himself. This game pays back though, he’s going to have his bad moments out there and then he’s going to realize he needs to change.
Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk expounded on the incident as well, giving Montero's point of view:
The beef: the other day Puig barreled Montero over at the plate. Puig was out by a mile, but as he walked back to the dugout he stared Montero down. Montero doesn’t mind the barreling, he says, but the stare was bush league, bro.
Puig's emotions have clearly gotten the better of him on several occasions since coming over from Cuba.
Dropping F-bombs toward the media at large without any provocation is not a smart move. There was simply no need for him to say what he did, and it shows just how far he has to go to become the role model that fans want him to be.
Of all his ridiculous comments and exploits, this latest incident from Puig takes the cake. Dodgers fans can only hope that he gives reporters another story Monday night on the diamond to draw attention away from this idiotic statement.
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