Yasiel Puig’s legend grows with first career grand slam, Gatorade shower (vids)
To say that Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder and budding phenom Yasiel Puig has made a huge splash during his first week in the big leagues would be an absurd and drastic understatement. In his first four games, Puig is hitting .438 with a slugging percentage of 1.063 and an OPS of 1.500, three home runs and 9 RBI with three runs scored. Sweet sassy molassey.
Puig’s already burgeoning legend grew exponentially on Thursday as he hit his first career grand slam in a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. It came in the eighth inning with the Dodgers holding a tenuous 1-0 lead.
Video via MLB.com:
Yeah, he’s pretty good. Said the upstart following the game through a translator: “I’m very happy that the fans are saying my name and the good thing is the team is winning right now.”
Indeed. The Dodgers are now 3-1 since Puig was promoted on Monday from Double-A Chattanooga.
It’s been a whirlwind of a week and a nearly incomprehensible run for the 22-year-old Cuban. Beginning with his impressive play in right field to close out the game on Monday to hitting his first and second career homers on Tuesday to his first career grand slam on Thursday.
And to top it off, Puig became acquainted with another major league tradition following the team’s big win: The postgame Gatorade bath, courtesy of teammate Luis Cruz (via Vine):
Once again, yeah, he’s pretty good.