Yasiel Puig, the guy who made Spring Training look like “Little League” according to Don Mattingly, got the call today. He hit .517 in Spring and continued to rake at AA Chattanooga, so the struggling Dodgers have brought him up looking for a spark. A 2 for 4 night is a good start, but that wasn’t what his debut will be remembered for. On a hard hit ball to right field, Puig ran back to his right, pivoted back to his left, caught a ball as he reached the track, then in one motion and still moving sideways he fired off a cannon on the money to double up the tying run at first—to end the game.
See it here (MLB.com decides to allow embedding of some but not all videos now).
The one thing I love about the Cuban players is that they all bust their ass, and Puig plays like a bulldog. All I have to say is I can’t wait to watch him play again.
The model in the photo is a 34.5 inch maple MY1, but Old Hickory posted a photo below of a 33.5 inch YP66. We didn’t either of those models on their website or anywhere for that matter.
Nike Diamond Elite Pro II in White/White/Black
These aren’t available (black writing on the strap and the bordered swoosh logo are exclusive), but you can get pretty close.
I built a pair exactly like the ones Puig wore tonight. Check them below:
Oh, and check the bat flip: