As Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez can attest, being good in L.A. and being good in New York are two very different things. Puig's hitting a gaudy .479/.500/.771 after going 3-for-4 on Sunday. He's without a hit in only two of his 13 MLB games. But watch what would happen if he goes 0-for-the-series against the Yankees. The doubters of Puigmania will have a field day saying he got gobbled up by the city.
And while all that remains to be seen, here's a scene from Puig's off-day in New York City on Monday. He hung out at the MLB Fan Cave and had every bit of the good time you'd expect from a 22-year-old. He played ping-pong, got a haircut, swung a huge bat, listened to Puig Destroyer, met fans and filled out an All-Star ballot. (Our own Jeff Passan says Puig deserves to be in the All-Star Game).
We're told that by the time Puig left the MLB Fancave there was a throng out of people outside waiting for him as if he were a pop star. He signed autographs for everyone. That's a good first step for Puigmania in The Big Apple.
Now he's got to keep swinging that hot bat against the Yankees.
Related coverage on Yahoo! Sports:
• Will Venable's amazing catch saves Padres' win
• Braves' Freddie Freeman is the king of walkoffs
• Young Dodgers fan ‘stands tall’ against Giants-loving classmates
- Sports & Recreation
- Yasiel Puig
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- New York City
- New York