Yasiel Puig surprises little league team at practice, pitches to kids (video/photos)
Los Angeles Dodgers superstar rookie Yasiel Puig surely rather would be playing in the World Series this week with his teammates, but it doesn’t seem to be keeping him down in the dumps. Or if it is, he’s not about to let the disappointment of coming up just short by losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in six games in the NLCS prevent him from brightening the day of some little league baseball players.
Puig made an unannounced appearance at the ball fields at Elysian Park — practically in the shadows of Dodger Stadium — on Tuesday and surprised the 8-year-old players of the Texas Rangers of the Northeast Los Angeles Little League.
Puig reportedly asked if it would be alright if he hung out for awhile. Shockingly, when the parents, coaches and players instantly realized exactly who was interrupting the team’s usual 5:00 p.m. practice, they allowed him to stay.
In fact, during the 30 minutes Puig spent at the field, he essentially ran the show, throwing batting practice after he signed autographs on bats, gloves, hats, you name it, for everyone in attendance.
TMZ spoke to one parent who told the site, “It’s a practice the kids will never forget.” That goes without saying. Classy move by the young man.