Yasiel Puig Went DEEEEEEEP Off Clayton Kershaw in His First At-Bat Back in L.A.

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Yasiel Puig Went DEEEEEEEP Off Clayton Kershaw in His First At-Bat Back in L.A.

Funny and Happy, Homers, Incredible Plays

Despite being a career .277/.350/.475 hitter (128 wRC+) with over 100 home runs, 60 stolen bases, and a sub-20% career strikeout rate, Yasiel Puig never got much respect in Los Angeles.

That’s due – in part – because of how he never quite lived up to the level of production he posted in either of his first two seasons (160 wRC+, 148 wRC+ and 9.4 combined WAR) and also in part because of the type of player and person he is both on and off the field. He just isn’t for everyone and that’s probably always going to be the case.

Which is why I wasn’t particularly surprised to see him traded to Cincinnati over the offseason. With or without the Dodgers pursuit of free agent outfield A.J. Pollock, Puig’s time in Los Angeles was probably always coming to an end.

But tonight he made his triumphant return to Dodgers stadium and in his first at-bat against the Dodgers – versus Clayton Kershaw, no less – Puig reminded them of what they gave up:

Yo. That is an absolute blast.

And Puig – always the showman – let them know it:

GET SOME.

That was only Puig’s second home run of the season, but I bet he’ll remember that one for a while. For tonight only … Go Reds.


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Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.

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