LOS ANGELES – Better than never.
While Yasiel Puig arrived at Dodger Stadium too late to receive his National League championship, he was just in time to beat a two-run homer by Clayton Kershaw in his first
Puig was greeted with bowl as he approached the plate, and Dodgers fans chanted his name when he ran the bases.
Puig – who arrived about 70 minutes late at a press conference that would start at PT – said in Spanish before the match that he "could cry" if he heard Dodger's fans supporting him so tremendously during his six-year stint in LA singing his name again before its first bat.
"I haven't seen the games, I don't know how many people, how many fans have come here," says Puig about Dodger Stadium, while answering one of several questions in Spanish. "But I'm sure when I played here there were more fans. "
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Roberts, who has had nice exchanges with Puig since the trade, said he expected the fans to give Puig a standing ovation.
19659002] "As best they should," he said. "This guy did a lot of things in society and helped Dodgers do very good things."
Puig entered the series with a .163 / .200 / .302 slash line in 45 flat shows for a Reds team that had won only five times in their first 14 matches. But Roberts, who enabled Kershaw off the damaged list to start this game, expects Puig's best this week.
"When he is motivated, incentive, he is a very good player," Roberts said. "This is just as much motivation as can be before him."
Puig dazzled early and sent a .305 / .386 / .502 slash while showing elite defense and infectious energy from 2013 to 2014, a stretch in which he made the All-Star team and almost won the NL Rookie of the Year prize . From 2015 to 2016, Puig was limited to 183 games. From 2017 to 2018, his slash fell to .264 / .337 / .490.
During a press conference that lasted about 15 minutes, Puig talked glowingly about the friendship that exists within Red's clubhouse. He mentioned the young players who constantly ask him questions and seem to admire him. He talked about all the meals they share together and how often they write off the field. He called Joey Votto "the best guy I've ever met in my life." And he suggested quite strongly about how he didn't have enough with Dodgers.
"It's one of the most beautiful things I have with my new law," Puig said in Spanish. "This support, and being on each other's side every day and talking in the storage space, on the bus, on the flight, on the field, outside the field, we always have good communication, and it does not make me much nostalgia that you might think I would feel for the dodgers. "
After 40 minutes, in a quiet interview room before Puig's press conference, Red's vice president of media relations Rob Butcher contacted that he announced that Puig had yet to arrive, pulling a chuckle from the media contingent.
"I don't know what I can tell others," Butcher said. "I'm sorry."
About half an hour later, shortly after Roberts completed his session at home, Puig came in the interview room with a black T-shirt in honor of Jackie Robinson. He was told by a Spanish-speaking reporter that the media had been waiting for their arrival.
Puig slumped on the shoulders.
"I was hoping they would leave."