Still a few days short of marking one year in the Majors, Yasiel Puig is in the midst of an All-Star caliber season. Puig leads the Los Angeles Dodgers in multiple offensive categories and appears to have found himself a new spot in the lineup as he’s bat third in seven consecutive games, heading into Friday.
On Sunday, the Dodgers will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the finale of the four-game set at Dodger Stadium. As has been the case with select Sunday home games in the past, Viva Los Dodgers will be open prior to the 5:05 p.m. start.
Hyun-Jin Ryu previously signed autographs in an effort to raise money for those affected by the Sewol ferry disaster and this Sunday, Puig will be the next Dodger to interact with fans for a good cause.
Puig is scheduled to make his appearance from 3:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. and will pose for photos in exchange for monetary donations that will be used to purchase baseball and softball equipment for the Lou Costello Recreation Center in Boyle Heights.
Puig made two appearances at Viva Los Dodgers events last season and is looking forward to his first this season:
I went to Viva Los Dodgers last season two times and it was a great experience,” said Puig. “I’m excited to go back to see all the fans Sunday and, at the same time, help the kids in Boyle Heights. I love playing and I want to help as many kids as I can so they can get to play baseball, too.”
For as much as he’s criticized, Puig has served the community multiple times, often unannounced. Though his appearance at Viva Los Dodgers is scheduled, Puig is once again taking an active role in providing aid. Fans with a ticket to Sunday’s game can attend Viva Los Dodgers free of charge.
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