In case you missed it, Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and five RBI in his second major-league game last night.
To measure Puig’s first two days with the Dodgers against history took longer than the one hour I had on deadline. So here’s a more comprehensive rundown, courtesy of the Dodgers, the Elias Sports Bureau, ESPN and others:
• Puig had the fourth multi-homer game by a Dodger this season (last: Scott Van Slyke, May 17) and his five RBI were the most for a Dodger since Jerry Hairston Jr.’s five RBI on June 9, 2012 at Seattle.
• Puig is the first Dodger player to have a multi-homer game within his first two career games.
• Puig is the first Dodger player to post five or more RBI within his first two career games since Spider Jorgensen knocked in six in his second career game on April 17, 1947 for Brooklyn against the Boston Braves.
• Puig also doubled, joining Jorgensen as the only Dodgers since 1916 to have a three extra-base hit-game within his first two games.
• Puig is the first Dodger player to post multi-hit games in the first two games of his career since Larry Miller on June 21, 1964 (second game of double-header) and June 29, 1964.
• The last MLB player with five or more RBI in one of his first two games was the Chicago Cubs’ Starlin Castro (six RBI, May 7, 2010 in debut) and the last player with two or more homers through two career games was Baltimore’s Manny Machado with two homers in his second career game (Aug. 10, 2012).
• He is the second player in major league history to have a two-homer, five-RBI game within the first two games of his career, joining Dino Restelli of the 1949 Pittsburgh Pirates.
• He is the second Dodgers player ever to have a two-homer, five-RBI game from the leadoff spot, joining Tommy Brown, who did so in 1950.
• Puig’s first home run landed 443 feet away in left field, the longest home run hit by a Dodger this season.
Tater Trot Tracker confirmed that Puig’s two home run trots were among the fastest all year. I asked Puig if he knew each would go out of the park, or if he was hustling because he thought they wouldn’t. His answer: “I play hard all the time.”
And the beat goes on. Some bullet points for a World Environment Day:
• Vin Scully’s “Viva Puig” home-run calls already exist as ringtones.
• In spite of everything, Puig was not the story of the day around baseball. This was.
• Players around the league — whether clean or not, named in the report or not — will be paying close attention to how MLB handles the case. You can imagine the implications if testimony from a PED dealer is enough to lead to a 100-game suspension from the league.
• If you’re planning on visiting a bunch of major-league stadiums this summer, a) here are half of one fan’s rankings and b) here’s a postcard you’ll want to send from Pittsburgh.
• Watch Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu dance.
• “The Beat Goes On,” by Sonny and Cher: