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Let's cut Yasiel Puig some slack
ESPN ^ | April 5, 2014 | Dan Le Batard

Posted on 04/06/2014 3:45:36 PM PDT by EveningStar

Dodgers outfielder's antics are those of one young man's first taste of freedom

Before you pile on atop irresponsible diva-punk-jerk Yasiel Puig, absorb a few random stories about the difficulties in his kind of transition:

• Luis Castillo once set off a fire alarm in an American hotel, thinking it was a shampoo dispenser...

• Rene Arocha felt his knees give -- actually felt faint and almost passed out -- the first time he walked into a grocery store and saw so many aisles of food...

(Excerpt) Read more at espn.go.com ...


TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: cultureshock; danlebatard; dodgers; freedom; liberty; puig; usa; yasielpuig

1 posted on 04/06/2014 3:45:36 PM PDT by EveningStar
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2 posted on 04/06/2014 3:46:05 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
Dodgers outfielder's antics are those of one young man's first taste of freedom

Technically, it's his second taste.

He should have already learned how one should comport oneself when being paid bookoo dollars to play in The Bigs.

3 posted on 04/06/2014 3:58:26 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: EveningStar

Puig Derangement Syndrome s going strong.

I think it would help if the Dodgers had a competent manager.


4 posted on 04/06/2014 4:08:54 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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Sliding into first base has always been a bad idea. They must not learn that in the turd world countries.


5 posted on 04/06/2014 4:23:40 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: EveningStar

The Justin Bieber of baseball.


6 posted on 04/06/2014 4:24:13 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: All

Obviously - the posts above indicate that some of you did not read, understand or comprehend what was written in the article. You don’t know what it is like to come from nothing to something, be discovered by accident and thrust on a new cultural scene. Try riding a raft from Cuba to Mexico - check in with us and tell us how you did that.


7 posted on 04/06/2014 4:30:19 PM PDT by rayincolorado ("Those who forget the past, are condemned to repeat it ...")
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To: All

Obviously - the posts above indicate that some of you did not read, understand or comprehend what was written in the article. You don’t know what it is like to come from nothing to something, be discovered by accident and thrust on a new cultural scene. Try riding a raft from Cuba to Mexico - check in with us and tell us how you did that.


8 posted on 04/06/2014 4:30:19 PM PDT by rayincolorado ("Those who forget the past, are condemned to repeat it ...")
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To: EveningStar; stylecouncilor

Thanks, ES.

s, Dodger ping....


9 posted on 04/06/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: EveningStar

With a name like that he should try and fly under the radar.....


10 posted on 04/06/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: windcliff
The Justin Bieber of baseball.

How so?

11 posted on 04/06/2014 4:58:45 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Every game he shows up late, suspend him one game. Discipline is the only cure for his diva-punk-jerk immaturity. I have his Rookie card just in case he ends up being an all-time great.


12 posted on 04/06/2014 5:02:11 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: EveningStar
Excellent article. Thanks for the ping.

Hope Puig matures quickly. If so, he has a great future in baseball.

From an Angels fan.

13 posted on 04/06/2014 5:17:12 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: EveningStar

He acts immature and spoiled. I mean showing up late for the opening day at Dodger Stadium is the equivalent to Justin showing up late to his concerts.

It just lacks professionalism.


14 posted on 04/06/2014 5:23:28 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: ifinnegan

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15 posted on 04/06/2014 5:31:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: windcliff

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16 posted on 04/06/2014 5:32:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: EveningStar

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17 posted on 04/06/2014 5:32:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: rayincolorado

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18 posted on 04/06/2014 5:34:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: AlmaKing

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19 posted on 04/06/2014 5:35:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: EveningStar
Sorry, but I don't agree.

The comparisons are inapt, because all of them relate to people whose natural humility led them to do silly things rather than bother other people with questions about culture or technology they suspected a child was expected to know. Those mitigating factors don't apply to Puig.

Puig has a driver's license. That means he's passed a driver's test, which includes demonstration of written or spoken understanding of the vehicle code. Yet he's been caught going -- what, over 100 miles an hour? -- not once, but twice.

Puig is a newcomer to this country, and we can certainly cut him some slack. But he wasn't born yesterday. Cuba may be a hellhole, but there are still grown ups there. Puig was 22 when he arrived here. He was already old enough to know better than to do some of the things he's done.

20 posted on 04/06/2014 5:36:16 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: rayincolorado
This guy has been here long enough to stop being an asshole.

Miami is full of Cubans who floated over and don't act like lunatics .

Genius has already been arrested for speeding (over 100 MPH) in Tennessee and Florida.

Hopefully he will mature soon, because the Majors don't have unlimited patience for guys who have an attitude problem.

First week of the season and he's already been late on opening day and got injured sliding headfirst into 1B for no apparent reason.

Guy spends 300K from what most likely could be his first and only MLB contract on a Rolls Royce, so he's basically more stupid than Mike Tyson.

Guy will probably have a tiger in his living room next week.

He's been advised by Joe Torre from MLB to be a credit to the game.

Lets hope he smartens up soon.

21 posted on 04/06/2014 5:38:09 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: EveningStar

One thing I wonder about, supposedly the ball in these latin countries is generally played with much more flamboyance. That’s fine, I wouldn’t want to watch it all the time, but it’s their baseball culture. Besides the celebrating it’s a pretty exiting brand of ball, so much talent out of there. They come out of dug-out after non-game winning homers to celebrate, watch their homers at the plate leave the park before they start running. So don’t their pitchers throw at guys? Or do they but they just flamboyantly celebrate anyway? Anyone know?

Freegards


22 posted on 04/06/2014 5:50:11 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: rayincolorado

Only in this country is excuses made for everybody. Everywhere you look excuses. This writer must believe that every poor athlete in the world must come from the DR exclusively. How come some poor kid from Ghana or Nigeria doesn’t get the benefit of constant excuses when that kid shows up in London to play for Chelsea or Arsenal. He is expected to show up on time and play hard at all times. If he doesn’t, back to Africa he goes. In the top leagues in Europe players come from all Continents of the globe, yet nobody makes excuses for them. Even those from Latin America seem to get on fine in England, Germany, even Russia for Pete’s sake. There is a 25 year old player from Mexico named Javier Hernandez playing for Manchester United, about the same age as Puig. Now you could not have a bigger cultural difference than Guadalajara and Manchester, but this guy seems to be doing fine. How come this player Hernandez can adapt to Manchester, but Latin MLB players cannot adapt to the US, where Spanish is spoken everywhere. I do not think you hear much Spanish in Manchester.


23 posted on 04/06/2014 8:09:58 PM PDT by gusty
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To: EveningStar

Most important point in the article is that he’s already been paid. His, what, $40M? contract is signed, sealed and delivered, and the only hold they have on him is his loyalty to the game.

LOL, what loyalty? He’s in it for the money, and he got the money. He reminds me of Usain Bolt, laughing and hamming it up in the middle of the freaking race, and still winning. These guys are so talented, it doesn’t mean the same thing as it does to everyone else. They’re into the fame and fun, not the competition. And they are young and undisciplined and rich as hell.

He might make it to a real career in baseball. But don’t hold your breath. The only thing that could have reined him in was money, but LA already shot its wad, and he knows it. Kick him out tommorrow, and he’s still 23 years old in LA with $40M. Good luck with that discipline thing (and LOL, no, it’s not a “language problem.”).


24 posted on 04/06/2014 8:29:37 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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