Only one player in Major League Baseball is capable of being ejected in the third inning and still stealing the show. That one player, of course, is Yasiel Puig.
On Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, Puig was the center of attention from the moment he first walked on to the field, until his third inning exit after home plate umpire David Rackley ejected him for arguing balls and strikes. Undoubtedly, it was a much shorter stay than he, the Dodgers or the 51,794 fans in attendance would have liked. His exit wasn't exactly graceful, either — we understand a few magic words were spoken — but his entrance and pregame antics surely made up for it.
Here's the one thing we can definitely take away from Saturday: Yasiel Puig is ready for his All-Star close up.
Puig was selected by the fans to start his first All-Star game this Tuesday night at Target Field. He'll also be a participant in Monday's Home Run Derby, meaning he'll have a full slate once he arrives in the Twin Cities. But rest assured, while he's there, he aims to look like a star from head to toe.
Yes, that even includes his haircut, which got quite a touch up on Saturday.
That's definitely an All-Star worthy haircut, and it's an absolutely perfect look for Puig.
Sure, some will view it as arrogance or an attempt to draw attention to himself (which it most certainly is), but who needs to worry about that? It should be all about having fun and embracing being an All-Star, which Puig apparently intends to do.
Speaking of which, Puig was preparing for his Home Run Derby appearance during Dodgers batting practice. If the impression he left on this baseball is any indication, we'll be in for treat.
Puig hit the ball so hard that the name stamp on his bat left an imprint on the baseball. He literally branded it, which is incredible.
Feel sorry for the baseballs headed to Target Field this week. A similar or even more disfiguring fate may await them, especially if Puig is still simmering following the ejection.
As for the fans, be prepared to be entertained, because Puig looks like he's bringing his 'A' game.
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