It's one thing to act aggressively on the bases, trying to catch the other team napping, or sometimes forcing them to make an extra, hurried throw that leads to a mistake — and a run.
And then there was whatever Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig attempted against the New York Mets in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday. Puig either assumed the Mets weren't paying attention, or that he was invisible, when he tried to score from second base on a 5-4-3 double play.
Check that: Make it a 5-4-3 triple play, with Puig being out at the plate by a mile after first baseman Lucas Duda fired home. Worse for the Dodgers, the Mets and Bartolo Colon were leading by five runs at the time. Puig's run doesn't mean much unless the Dodgers score a bunch more. They didn't, and the Mets won 11-3.
Duda said (via the Associated Press) that Puig's reputation precedes itself.
''He's fast and aggressive, so you have to be aware of that,'' Duda said.
Fast, aggressive and, sometimes, reckless. Via MLB.com:
"Very unexpected," Mets manager Terry Collins said, grinning. "We were just happy to have the double play. The extra out was extra special for us."
Puig did not address his gaffe, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly did:
"It's just the wrong play," Mattingly said. "It's what we talked to him about. We always go back to, on those types of plays, you play the scoreboard. Today it was the wrong play, and he's going to make mistakes, and we're going to live with that and we're going to keep teaching him. But the disappointing thing is I think that's the second time almost that same exact play happened, and you … want guys to learn from their mistakes."
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly implied that a kilometer is longer than a mile. Nope.]
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