Yasiel Puig is one of those players where you either hate him or love him. There’s no real in-between. The way he plays the game is just so exciting to watch, making it almost impossible to not pay attention when he’s at the plate, running the bases, or fielding a ball. He’s just that good, and Dodgers fans are seeing him at his best right now.
So far in the NLDS, Puig is 5-9 with four runs batted in and two extra-base hits. He stole the show in Game 1 with his tongue when he licked his bat and wagged his tongue sliding into third base. Saturday though, he chose to steal the show with a move that Los Angeles’ fans know all too well: The bat flip.
It’s controversial topic for many. Should players celebrate a big hit, usually a home run, by flipping their bat? Is it show-boating? Unnecessary, maybe? Fans are split pretty evenly on this subject. I absolutely love it, and Yasiel Puig took it to a whole other level on Saturday.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Yasiel Puig came up to bat with runners on first and second. The Dodgers were down by a run so a hit should have tied up the game. Puig, being as good as he’s been, came up huge with a single, though Logan Forsythe did not end up scoring from second. After he made contact, Puig gave fans what is probably the most epic bat flip ever recorded on a single. Ridiculous? Sure, but that’s what makes it so great!
A quick search on Twitter will reveal a ton of infuriated baseball fans, but that’s okay. As a matter of fact, it made me love the bat flip even more. This is what makes Puig so fun to watch. You never know what he’s going to do!
Yasiel Puig is having such a successful postseason so far. If licking his bat, wagging his tongue, or flipping his bat after singles is the cause, I say he keeps it up!
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