Puig is without question one of the most polarizing figures in sports right now, and his walk-off home run against the Cincinnati Reds last July was the perfect example of that.
With the game still scoreless in the bottom of the 11th, Puig crushed a two-out pitch from Curtis Partch to left field for a walk-off home run, giving a streaking Dodgers team yet another victory.
It was what he did after he hit the pitch that made headlines, though, as he followed his signature bat flip by throwing his hands in the air before leaving the batter's box. He then capped his jog around the bases by sliding feet first into home.
It was no doubt just a matter of the 22-year-old being caught up in the excitement of his first walk-off home run, but that is not necessarily how it looked from Cincinnati's point of view.
"Puig slid into home after a walk-off homer. A good talent. But he is making a mockery of baseball. Please stop," former big leaguer Greg Swindell said on Twitter, via Yahoo Sports' David Brown.
Puig himself called the decision to slide a matter of safety, referencing fellow Cuban defector Kendrys Morales, who injured himself jumping onto home plate after a walk-off of his own.
"Each player does what he can when he gets to the plate. Some people jump, some people slide, some people run,'' Puig told Joe Resnick of The Associated Press. ''I have a previous teammate in Cuba that jumped and hurt his ankle. So I decided to slide.
Regardless of whether he was trying to show the Reds up with his decision to slide, this was the perfect example of how polarizing his actions have been.