Thursday, July 11, 2013

Will You All Please Cut Puig Some Slack!

I've been reading everywhere about how disrespectful and arrogant Yasiel Puig supposedly is.  And quite frankly, I'm sick of it.

I think folks; including reporters, opposing players and baseball fans, need to take a break and try to understand the situation Puig is in.

Yasiel Puig has literally come from a world sheltered by the rule of Castro's Cuba.  Things like press availability, fan expectations, and western culture are totally foreign to him.  And, I don't say that euphemistically. 

He could not possibly understand the world in which he is now the center of attention, and the culture shock he is experiencing is likely just as great as an aging WWII Japanese soldier still found hiding in the jungles of the Philippines 40 years after the end of the war.

You have to remember that he has only been a part of the Western world for a little over a year.

A YEAR!  Like, literally!  He came off a rag-tag boat a little over a year ago!

So, cut him some slack!
(Pic via Jon SooHoo/2013 Dodgers)

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