NLCS: Dodgers Ride the Wild Horse to Victory in Game 1
Yasiel Puig has now achieved a unique distinction in Major League Baseball.
He's hit for the career bat-flip cycle. Previously:
- Dude executed the rate feat of flipping on a walk in a 2014 regular-season game against the Diamondbacks;
- He's occasional felt the urge to flip on a single as he did against Arizona in the NLDS;
- He thought he was celebrating a jack in the 2013 NLDS but still hustled out a triple; and
- He's got a collection of dinger flips, which are more subtle but still enough to irk the likes of Madison Bumgarner.
Besides that. Unless it's the Diamondbacks' outfield pool.
Clearly, the Los Angeles Dodgers have come to terms with it and anything else Puig does, like this calling his shot double that tied the Chicago Cubs in Game 1's fifth-inning:
Puig is firing on all cylinders right now.
Credit skipper Dave Roberts for the reclamation. The front office wasn't sure they wanted his antics in Dodger Blue for another season, but Roberts said to leave it to him.
Dude's a horse whisperer, and Clayton Kershaw is still a stud.
Maddon getting tossed just to get tossed was interesting. As he said, the umpires themselves had the decision at home taken outta their hands.
Maybe the rule on catchers blocking home plate needs to be throttled back, but it's not gonna happen in the middle of a game.
Then again, the ejection meant he could lean back in his cushy manager's office chair, pop a cold one if he's so inclined, and sneak messages down the tunnel if the occasion arises.
Dude's known for weird ways, but the way this series is starting, Puig's got him length.