Caros Beltran upset about Yasiel Puig's celebration

The Cardinals would make a good NFL commissioner, since they're firmly in the "anti-fun" camp

10/15/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

October 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) reacts after he hits an RBI triple in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY SportsMuch like the Dodgers' previous opponents (the Atlanta Braves), the St. Louis Cardinals firmly believe that baseball players should go about their business with their heads down, showing absolutely no emotion whatsoever.

Of course, that means that Yasiel Puig's RBI triple ruffled some feathers, including those of Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, who was less than thrilled about the way Puig celebrated the play both in the batter's box and again at 3rd base.
"As a player, I just think he doesn't know. That's what I think. He really doesn't know. He must think that he's still playing somewhere else. He has a lot of passion, no doubt about that -- great ability, great talent. I think with time, he'll learn that you've got to act with a little bit more calm."

Puig certainly watched his hit a little longer than he should have when it left his bat, but there's really no valid reason for any Cardinals players to be upset. If anything, he did them a favor by allowing them to have a few extra seconds to field the ball and try to get him out on the basepaths. As it turns out, they still managed to let him reach 3rd base on the hit. Perhaps Beltran should be more upset at his own team, who should have played that ball a lot better and could have saved a run. And he acknowledges that, too.
"I'm in the outfield. I mean, it's not great. To me, I don't like it. But what can I say? I don't play for them. I just play over here. I just need to do my job. It is what it is."

Beltran, whose Cardinals are up 2-1 in the series, says that Puig's behavior might have inspired the stodgy old Cardinals to get revenge in the form of victories.
"When you try to do those things sometimes, you know, you get that attention. And you don't want to wake up nobody. I always thought if you hit a home run off a pitcher, you've got to make him believe he made a mistake. You don't wake him up. Or next time, the pitcher's going to be more focused with you and he's going to try harder to get you out."So he will learn. I don't think he's a bad kid. I just think he doesn't know right now."

We'll see. The bottom line is that if the Cardinals weren't already emotionally committed to winning the NLCS, they had a serious problem before Puig ever came along. If your pitcher needs to give up an RBI triple in order to wake up... that's a problem. And it's YOUR problem, Carlos. Not Puig's.
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