Do I like the media? Puig said with a grin. You guys are driving me crazy.
Its the price of fame, he was told by a reporter. I didnt pay for the fame, Puig answered.
The Dodgers, with baseballs second highest payroll behind the Yankees, dont seem to care too much what Puig does off the field or even on it.
For all the good Puig has done hitting over .358 with 11 homers with 27 RBI, seven stolen bases and six outfield assists entering Monday hes also hurt his team by trying to throw out every base runner who dares to challenge his arm and trying to take extra bases.
Puig has run into 12 outs on the base paths between pickoffs and trying to take extra bases. Sunday against the Phillies, he got picked off at first in one inning and tried to throw a runner out at third in another, allowing the tying run to advance to second in a loss.
There are mistakes you dont want to see, but you take the good with the bad and theres a lot of good, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. Hes a ball of energy. And hes a good kid, too. He goes 0 for 4 and we win hes as happy as anybody out there. You see him high-fiving and cheering. Those are all good traits. There are things he has to improve. But the guy loves to win. He loves playing and its great to see that.
Were going to keep teaching. We knew what we were getting into when we called him up.
Puig doesnt just play aggressive on the field. While playing for Chattanooga in April, he was arrested in Tennessee for reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance.
According to the police report, Puig was driving 97 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone when he was stopped.
Did Puigs late night partying with LeBron bother Mattingly?
I wasnt afraid to go out myself honestly, Mattingly said. My big thing is being ready to play when you get here. If they were caught breaking a rule or being out after curfew that would have been one thing. They didnt. Were all here ready to play today. Honestly Im not getting involved in it or worried about it.
Puig isnt either. This is about baseball, he said when asked about what he and LeBron talked about.
Im very happy to play in Miami, especially now that I live here ... Theres a lot of Cubans who were watching me with the Dodgers. Now they can see me in person playing four games.