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Don’t Change, Yasiel

Remember that time Yasiel Puig tried to fight the entire City of Pittsburgh?

April 08, 2019 - 10:47 am
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Hey, remember that time Yasiel Puig tried to fight the entire city of Pittsburgh? Of course you do. Because it just happened.

We go now to yesterday’s game between the Reds and Pirates. The Pirates were going with their throwbacks and that was just the start of the old school action. Because in the top of the second inning, Reds outfielder Derek Dietrich did this.

Did you like that home run? Derek Dietrich did. He loved it. He admired the hell out of it. If Dietrich stared at that any longer, he’d have needed to buy a ticket. 

And Pirates pitcher Chris Archer probably hated the home run and hated how Dietrich stared at it afterwards. 

Because in the top of the fourth, when Dietrich came to bat, Archer let him know about it. And he let him know with a pitch behind Dietrich. 

That’s a code enforcement warning. There are some guys you can style a home run off. Chris Archer is not one of those guys. At least not if you’re Derek Dietrich and you do it the way he did. 

So Archer did what he did. And then everyone did everything. And by everyone doing everything, what I really mean is Yasiel Puig taking on everyone.  

Initially, that was a classic baseball fight, which is to say, it wasn’t a fight. It was a bunch of guys yelling at each other, some guys jogging in reluctantly from the bullpen, and people being quote, “held back” from a fight they didn’t want any part of. 

That is until Yasiel Puig arrived. Because he didn’t just want part of that fight, he wanted all of that fight.  

Did I say at the start that Yasiel Puig tried to fight the entire city of Pittsburgh? The guy was taking on all of Western Pennsylvania. 

Erie!

Altoona!

Moon Township!

REACTION!

Yasiel Puig versus the Pirates was better than everything that took place at WrestleMania. I’m not sure what’s more ridiculous – the code in baseball or Yasiel Puig trying to fight an entire baseball team. If you were wearing yellow and black yesterday, there’s a good chance that Puig wanted a piece of you.

And if you want to defend the code, Puig wants some of you, too. 

"When people watch the ball go far away or do bat flips, like I do before, in the next [at-bat] try to strike out the guy. Don't try to hit the guy, because we can't defend you back because we can't hit you with a bat or nothing.''

He’s got a point. Guys styling or not styling home runs is something that does bring some juice to the game. Guys hitting a home run and immediately sprinting to first base without looking at it is boring. Guys styling it a little, brings some energy. And Dietrich practically setting up a telescope on home plate to watch that did bring some energy to the game that involved Reds team that ultimately lost its 8th straight game. 

I will say this about the code. It’s bizarre. It’s antiquated. And it generates takes like this one from Pirates reliever Felipe Vazquez that Dietrich "shouldn't have done that. If you do something like that, you're going to pay for it. We're trying to play the game like we have to, respect the game. He shouldn't do it. Joey [Votto] can do it because he's been here a long time, but for a guy like that, he's not supposed to do something like that. ... I think it was a little too much.''

Vazquez, who was one of the five guys ejected from the game, said he was tossed because he entered the field without a jersey. And for a guy who wasn’t wearing a jersey, he was pretty passionate about Dietrich paying a price. His take being – you were designated for assignment in the offseason, so you shouldn’t be styling homers. Leave that to that the guys that actually matter. And you have to love how the code allows for certain ways to style a homer…well, if you’re a certain kind of a player that is...  Like you’re good, so you can do it. But don’t do it too much. And you? You suck. So don’t even think about doing it. Unless you want one in your ear. And if you were designated for assignment, never ever style anything. Unless you plan on leaving in a body bag. I mean, how awesome the code is. The code really is amazing. 

Except that’s not how Archer sees it. "I was trying to go in. I air-mailed a couple balls today, a couple that I was trying to elevate, a couple that I yanked when righties were up there. Another one that I just yanked.''

He added: "I missed -- missed my spot.” I like Archer. That’s my guy. One of my favorite athletes. And he’s one of the smartest guys in the game and he knows what he’s doing there, both with the pitch and the explanation. But, I’m going to go ahead and guess that he did, in fact,  hit his spot. And his spot was behind Dietrich.  

And yes, it’s pretty archaic, not to mention dangerous as hell, that guys will throw a rock at 90 mph plus to warn someone for how they looked at a home run. However….

If the code gives us moments like that, I don’t know how to feel about it. Because it’s archaic, but Yasiel Puig wanting to fight everyone in Pittsburgh was the best action from the Reds in years. I mean, I haven’t been that into a Reds game since Chris Sabo was playing the hot corner. Don’t ever change, yas. Don’t ever change. And the best part is, I know you won’t. Because I’ve seen your act.  And that wasn’t the first time. And thankfully, it won’t be the last.  And Cincinnati….you’re welcome.