Pedro Strop: Yasiel Puig is ‘stupid as f—‘
Pedro Strop did not hold back when talking about Yasiel Puig following Saturday’s game that involved an incident between the two players.
During the bottom of the eighth inning of the Chicago Cubs’ 6-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, Strop hit Puig in the leg with a 3-0 pitch. Naturally, tempers flared and both dugouts emptied.
Hitting Yasiel Puig in the batter's box? Not a great idea. pic.twitter.com/IaeeuSvqy1
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 29, 2019
While Puig was furious after getting plunked, Strop didn’t stop with just throwing a baseball at the Reds outfielder. Strop delivered a verbal jab after game, calling Puig “stupid as f—” and repeatedly calling him stupid for threatening to come out to the mound but not actually acting on the threat.
Pedro Strop was confused as to why Yasiel Puig got angry:
“It’s no secret, he’s stupid. He’s stupid as (expletive). Nothing against him, he’s just stupid.”
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 29, 2019
What was Strop yelling at Puig?
Strop: "I told him, 'Why are you talking? You had a chance to just come and do whatever you need to do on the mound. Now, you're just screaming.'"
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 30, 2019
Puig has gained a reputation during his career as someone who isn’t particularly liked by opposing teams. That was clearly the case on Saturday as Strop’s throwing at Puig’s leg appeared to be intentional.