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Yasiel Puig surprises Little League team in Los Angeles, throws batting practice

The Los Angeles Dodgers season hasn't even been over a week, and already Yasiel Puig is back on the diamond. Only it's not what you think. The 22-year-old Cuban sensation wasn't honing his own craft, but instead was throwing batting practice to a team of 8-year-olds playing in the Northeast Los Angeles Little League.

According to TMZ, Puig made his surprise appearance at the team's practice at Elysian Park on Tuesday and hung out with the kids for 30 minutes. During his time, Puig signed everything from baseballs and bats to gloves and caps, and posed for photographs with the players and their stunned parents. And before leaving, he made sure to toss batting practice to each child on the team.

Here's another look at his appearance.

How cool is that? As one parent said it, "it's a practice the kids will never forget."

That's the truth. And though jokes are sure to follow about Puig getting fundamental advice from the little leaguers following a rookie season littered with missed cut-off men and odd baserunning decisions, hopefully we can all really appreciate what he did here. With a simple investment of 30 minutes, he put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces, and probably enhanced the game of baseball immensely in those kids eyes.

There's no downside to that, so here's a big salute to Yasiel Puig for stepping up and giving back just a little bit to his community.

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