Puig-mania remains contagious with 2013 L.A. Sports Person of the Year title

Yasiel Puig, with Lakers exec Jeanie Buss, has fancied himself as a Lakers fan during his first year in L.A. (Photo by Lon Rosen/Dodgers)

Yasiel Puig, with Lakers exec Jeanie Buss, has already aligned himself as a  Lakers fan during his first year in L.A. (Photo by Andy Bernstein/NBA, via the Dodgers)

“Since I have gotten to know him, I have seen him interact with kids, fans, everyone, and he is sincere in his enthusiasm and is warm and friendly,” Lakers executive Jeanie Buss says about the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig in our story about the 23-year-old outfielder being named our 2013 Los Angeles Sports Person of the Year.
“He knows how to make people smile — even with a language barrier. Sometime I feel like Lucy Ricardo trying to understand Ricky when he’s speaking Spanish, but we have a lot of fun trying to make each other understand what we are trying to say. …
“I hope he keeps that joy and passion for life because it’s contagious for anyone around him. In my life I have only known one other athlete that could light up a crowd with just his smile — Magic Johnson.”

Yasiel Puig enjoys himself after trying on one of Shaquille O'Neal's size 23 shoes while in the Dodgers' offices (photo by Lon Rosen/Dodgers)

Yasiel Puig enjoys himself after trying on one of Shaquille O’Neal’s size 23 shoes while in the Dodgers’ offices during the 2013 season. (photo by Lon Rosen/Dodgers)

 

 

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