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Visual Timeline of Yasiel Puig's Lightning-Rod 2013 Rookie Season
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Since his MLB debut in June, Yasiel Puig has been a non-stop source of energy, excitement—and most of all, drama.

Doesn't it seem about time Yasiel Puig gets what would qualify as sports' ultimate that's-when-you-know-you've-made-it treatment?

Yes, it's time to turn Puig's name into a verb: Puiging.

While celebratory acts like Tebowing, Griffining and Kaepernicking already exist, who ever said football gets to hog all the fun, huh?

After all, no one celebrates—or has given his fans so much to celebrate in such a brief time—quite like Puig.

As for the act of Puiging itself, well, that's easy. It looks something like this.

Here's how one goes about Puiging: Upon successfully completing a task—whether it's hitting a walk-off home run or, say, taking out the trash—simply mimic sliding into an imaginary home plate, quickly followed by hopping up and raising your hands in the air.

OK, so maybe Puiging would be a little more dangerous than the other aforementioned celebrations, but it would definitely be more fun.

As for the Cuban sensation himself, Puig has been arguably the biggest story in baseball in 2013, as he's taken the sport by storm and been all over the news since his very first game back in June. In fact, it's quite possible that Puig translates to "inescapable" in English.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that Puig has helped the Los Angeles Dodgers during their historic run from last place in the NL West at the end of June to first place through August.

It hasn't all been perfect along the way, as the 22-year-old rookie has shown he still has a lot to learn on the field and perhaps a little growing up to do off it, but because there's been just so much Puig over the past three months, it's worth reviewing, retracing and reliving some of the highs—and lows—of the Dodgers star to this point.

While Puig's news-making hasn't been entirely limited to his time in the majors—for instance, he was arrested on speeding and reckless-driving charges while playing at Double-A Chattanooga back in April—the focus here will be on the precocious and polarizing Puig's production, performance, publicity and press since his big-league debut.

 

Putting together every piece of the Puig puzzle is a daunting task, so if there's a noteworthy event or three that didn't make the cut, share in the comments.

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