Alexander: The Dodgers’ Wild Horse is their energizer
LOS ANGELES — This postseason is bringing out the best in Yasiel Puig.
He has been the center of attention, as has often been the case in his Dodger career, but it has been in a positive way, a productive way. Whether it’s as the most famous tongue-wagger since Michael Jordan — and that meme of his tongue-wag following a triple Friday night will make the rounds of social media for a while — or lifting his hands to the skies after a big hit, he has gotten the crowds and his dugout fired up.
He is having fun, and he is creating fun. Through two games of the Dodgers’ Division Series with Arizona, Puig is 5 for 9 with a double, a triple and four RBI. He was 3 for 4 with two runs driven in Saturday night, in the 8-5 victory that put the Dodgers up 2-0 on the Diamondbacks.
“He’s full of energy and emotion,” manager Dave Roberts said. “I was talking to the coaches, and this is as good as we’ve seen him focus on every single pitch in the game. When you combine that with the skill set that he has and the energy he brings, he doesn’t only energize 50,000 people, he energizes everyone in the clubhouse.
“So when he’s in the box, making plays with his arm, his glove, on the bases, it’s exciting.”
He has always been a crowd favorite, but now it’s even more so. Each of his at-bats Saturday night were greeted with a “Puuuuuuuuuig!” chant that echoed through Chavez Ravine, maybe as loud as it’s ever been in his five seasons in L.A.
And true, he is 1 for 6 lifetime against Zack Greinke, the D-Backs’ starter in Game 3 Monday night in Phoenix. But he has two RBI and two walks against his ex-teammate, […]