Yasiel Puig and bat flip critic Keith Olbermann make amends on Twitter

Big League Stew

Los Angeles Dodgers postseason games are becoming must-see events thanks to Yasiel Puig. The free-swinging and energetic outfielder is putting on a show in every single game, and everyone is invited to watch or even experience it firsthand at Dodger Stadium.

According to Puig himself, that even (and perhaps especially) includes his critics.

After leading the Dodgers to a 5-2 win against the Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday with a batflipped double and a curtain-closing home run, Puig reached out to GQ’s Keith Olbermann, who during the game had criticized Puig for flipping his bat on something other than a home run, on Twitter.

Included in Puig’s tweet was an explanation and invitation for Olbermann to watch him play in person. He even offered to secure the ticket himself.



There’s no anger here. Just an extension of friendship, with maybe a side of trolling.

Nonetheless, it seemed Olbermann was accepting of the offer. He even appeared to extend an offer of friendship back to Puig.


This is social media at its best.

Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and bat flip critic Keith Olbermann are on good terms. (AP photos)
Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and bat flip critic Keith Olbermann are on good terms. (AP photos)

Of course, Olbermann is far from alone in being critical of Puig’s bat-flipping ways. Puig has long been criticized for many of his antics, which undeniably lose their charm when he’s not playing well or just not focused. He’s tested manager Dave Roberts more than once, and his teammates don’t mind admitting the act wears thin from time to time.

Olbermann may have been Puig’s most prominent critic though, at least as it pertained to his bat flip on Saturday night. But in typical Puig fashion, he’s managed to flip the script back in his favor.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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