As the famous quote goes, “All good things must come to an end”.
On Friday, a six-year relationship between Yasiel Puig and Dodgers fans came to a somber end. Puig was traded to the Reds as part of a seven-player deal. While Dodgers fans mourn the loss of ‘The Wild Horse’, it’s the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane, and took a look at the most memorable moments of Puig’s career in LA.
After much anticipation, Puig made his major-league debut on June 3, 2013. He got a base hit in his first career plate appearance, and another later in the game. However, his most memorable moment didn’t come until the ninth inning, when he turned an incredible game-winning double play from right field.
First career grand-slam
The only thing better than the grand slam was hearing Vin’s remarkable call.
Don’t be confused, these aren’t two little leaguers battling it out in the dugout. These are two major leaguers.
Walk-off + bat flip
In a thrilling 0-0 game, Puig sent folks happy in the 11th with a walk-off home run.
“Puig can throw!”
One of the better throws you will ever see. From just a few feet off of the 375 foot sign, Puig gunned a one-hop (barely) cannon to Justin Turner, throwing out Trevor Story.
Down to the final strike
One strike away from a loss, Puig hit a three-run homer, giving LA a two-run lead and ultimately a victory.
Who can forget all the times Puig and his bat engaged in the strangest love story of the decade. In game 1 of the 2017 NLDS, Puig’s tongue was on full display, licking his bat as well as showing it off to his teammates after a triple.
Five homers in 24 hours
Over the course of 24 hours, there wasn’t a hotter hitter on the planet than Yasiel Puig. In the span of less than a day, Puig managed to hit five home runs in St. Louis. He hit two Friday night, and then hit three more on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s Puig’s turn!”
Tied in the seventh, Puig came off the bench and delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer to give the Dodgers the lead.
After a questionable stolen-base attempt, Puig greeted his former teammate Charlie Culberson with a sweet little peck.
Clutch homer in Game 7 of NLCS
The Dodgers and Brewers were all knotted up at three games a piece in the 2018 NLCS. In the sixth inning, LA was clinging on to a 2-1 lead. With two outs, and runners on second and third, Puig stepped up to the plate. He crushed one over the wall in center, giving the Dodgers a four-run cushion, and ultimately help them clinch their second consecutive pennant.
His final home run
It’s fitting that the final home run of Puig’s career in LA came in true Hollywood fashion. Up one run in game 4 of the 2018 World Series, Puig launched a no-doubter over the fence in left field. He stood at home, flipped his bat, raised his hands, as Dodger Stadium erupted.
Yasiel Puig will be deeply missed by Dodgers fans. Few players have ever left the kind of impact on the franchise as he did. He gave us memories and laughs that will last a lifetime, and for that, we are forever grateful.