LOS ANGELES – Thanks to his sudden meteoric-like rise, Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yaisel Puig is making a name for himself worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.
In a town that loves an overnight success story such as Tinseltown, the 22-year-old former Cuban defector has turned The City Of Angels upside down with his growing legend and Chavez Ravine into his personal batting cage in hitting four home runs, 10 RBI’s and batting a torrid .421 since being called up from AA affiliate Chatanooga four days ago.
Puig would sign a seven-year, $42 million deal in 2012 and in 40 games at Chattanooga, hit .313, eight HR’s, 37 RBI’s in 40 games.
Thanks to Puig’s sudden rise to fame, Jeremy Lin has some competition for biggest story in sports.
For all of their storied history and tradition, it takes a special kind of player to become the first Dodger to ever have multiple home runs in his first appearances in addition to tying a MLB record for most runs batted in thru their first five games (Danny Espinosa in 2010 and Jack Merson in 1951.
It must really say something when a player becomes only the second since 1900 to hit four home runs in their first five games in joining Mike Jacobs of the New York Mets in 2005.
Stats aside, Puig is on such a tear that he had not only managed to help make the last place under-achieving and bloated Dodgers briefly relevant again—despite the rumblings of manager Don Mattingly’s job security—but has also managed to knock fellow big-money sluggers Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp to the back pages of the Times.
With Puig helping being some excitement back to Dodger Town, the only question that remains is whether his growing legend grow any bigger, or will do a fade to black worthy of an Oscar nominated Hollywood film?
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