Yasiel Puig reportedly disrespected Luis Gonzalez by not talking to him

Yasiel PuigIf there is one team in Major League Baseball that has already grown to hate Yasiel Puig, it has to be the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 22-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers rookie had quite the series in Arizona earlier this week, and he apparently annoyed people by doing more than just staring down D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero after trying to run him over. He also disrespected a legend.

According to USA Today Sports, former Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez approached Puig during batting practice at Chase Field on Monday and introduced himself. Gonzalez reportedly began explaining to Puig — in Spanish so there was no language barrier — how his family also had roots in Cuba, but Puig wouldn’t even give him the courtesy of an acknowledgement.

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Gonzalez later confirmed that Puig snubbed him but would not elaborate. If you are thinking that the story sounds like one that would be overblown, also keep in mind that Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire reportedly lectured Puig about ignoring Gonzalez, reminding him that Gonzo had a game-winning hit in the World Series off the greatest closer of all time and has his jersey retired in Arizona.

Puig has been in the majors just over a month, but his arrogance has already been well-documented. Young superstars often play with a chip on their shoulder that irritates people (Bryce Harper would be a good example), but it sounds like Puig’s behavior borders on downright disrespectful. As long as he continues to back it up, there’s very little that can be said. But when the bat cools, a lot of people could turn on the youngster in a hurry.

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  • Arsen Dadyan

    Typical GONZO….it’s always about him!! Puig is on the job and doing his batting practice, Gonzo could have waited until he was done with bp and then talked to him. McGwire intervened and told Puig who Gonzo was…but reality check GONZO’s prime was over a decade ago…this is a guy who was not even a teenager a decade ago and was living in a Communist country, I highly doubt that he knew who Gonzo was. Gonzo went back to the team and the sports radios and added more fuel to a fire that was never there. Gonzo should be more worried about how much money he stole during the steroids era…a career singles/doubles hitter all of a sudden at 30+ starts to hit 40+hrs? Get the funk outta here!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=649637493 Wendy Schmeckpeper Woodruff

    Ok, gonna say it, it was rude of Puig to totally ignore Luis. Maybe Puig didn’t know who he was, but that is beside the point. To totally ignore anyone, is RUDE!!! And for what it’s worth, I am a Dodger fan, been one for 40yrs. I love the fire that Puig has brought to the team. BUT I still feel it was rude!

  • kikojones

    Puig probably didn’t know who Gonzalez was; the Cuban connection may have been a repellent, believe it or not; or maybe he was just being a total dick. Would be interesting to know.