What’s the problem with this whirligig Yasiel Puig making it impossible to keep him off the National League All-Star roster next month?
In an age of instant celebrity and even quicker crashes-and-burns, Puig’s performance has to hold solid for the three more weeks, when the teams for the July 16 exhibition will be announced. Again, it’s only an exhibition, unless you’re trying to capture home field advantage in the World Series. So then why wouldn’t NL manager Bruce Bochy enjoy the irony that a Dodger can help him should his Giants make it back to the Fall Classic?
“I would have a hard time picking somebody who has been here three weeks, to be honest,” Bochy has said. “The numbers would have to be so stupid that you say, ‘OK I’ll consider it.’ But, you know, I couldn’t take away from a player who has been here and done it the whole half and been out there grinding every day and he doesn’t go. I couldn’t look at that player. I couldn’t look at myself, to be honest. So that’s why I’m saying, that’s a really long shot.”
First, by the time this has to be decided, Puig will have been wearing big boy pants for five weeks.
Second, stupid numbers are his specialty. No matter how you translate it.
Third, the MLB could make Puig one of those “final vote” online guys, leaving it up to social media maniacs to clean up any potential mess.
Fourth, wasn’t a guy named Bryan LaHair part of last year’s All-Star game? He of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks these days?
If Cuba’s greatest gift to Hollywood since Ricky Ricardo ( not the former All-Star from East L.A. trying to work his way back into the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting rotation) is buzzing around .500 with a dozen homers, 100 at bats and a few more YouTube highlights when it’s time for the roster decisions – and since Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford aren’t walking through that door anytime soon, he’ll get chance – it would be a missed opportunity not to showcase him in New York.
Bat him first, let him homer, take him out.
And watch the comparisons to Bo Jackson grow even more.
== What’s up, Doc Rivers?
Why not just cut the chord in Boston, buy out your Celtics contract, and return to the Clippers’ family on your terms?
Or would Donald Sterling feel more comfortable bringing back former Celtics coaches Bill Fitch or Chris Ford to run his team, as they once did unsuccessfully before?
== Magic Johnson tweeted out that if Pat Riley is already in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, he should now go in as an executive.
Maybe as soon as Magic gets in again as a broadcaster?
== The odds for the Lakers to win the 2014 NBA title? So far, take 35-to-1 (from Pregame.com) over 22-to-1 (from Bovoda.lv). The Clippers, at 20-to-1/18-to-1, still have a longer shot just to get out of the Western Conference than Oklahoma City, Houston, Memphis and San Antonio.
== What could have provoked Miami’s Chris Bosh to put his home in Miami up for sale during the NBA Finals?
== North West: The new Kayne West-Kim Karsashian baby name, or NHL realignment plan?
== If only to amuse their Triple-A affiliate, why have the Dodgers not acquired Tigers reliever Al Albuquerque and banished him to the ‘Topes? Could he be the only player to have the same 11-letter name on the front and back of his jersey?
== For the first time in its 91 years, the Rose Bowl has been offered up as a public tourist attraction. Just $17.50 a pop.
For a $25 upgrade, what do you say we get Keith Jackson as our personal guide?
== Just a day after California governor Jerry Brown is ordered by three federal judges to release nearly 10,000 inmates from state lockup because of overcrowding, we see Lenny Dykstra is sprung free from the slammer for his latest indiscretions.
Because he established good credit while he was serving time?
You’ve seen his credit report, right?
And wasn’t it just 20 years ago when the Clippers suspended guard Ron Harper for skipping practice because he said he was “just doing my jail time” with the franchise and looked forward to when his “time is up and I’ll be out on good behavior”?
Wasn’t he a teammate of Doc Rivers, by the way?