Yasiel Puig has never been one to disappoint when it comes to entertainment value. Often spotted doing something silly from kissing his bat to epic bat flips and strange gestures on the field, the Cuban outfielder is one of baseball¹s most charismatic players. Let’s not forget the scary sight of Puig wearing a sleeveless baseball jersey just a few weeks ago. The long time LA Dodger was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason, and yesterday, was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a three team deal with the San Diego Padres that brought Trevor Bauer to the Reds.
Just minutes after the trade was announced on Twitter, Puig got involved in a major on field brawl between the Pirates and Reds. There is no love lost between those two teams. They were involved in a scrum back in April, one in which Puig was ejected and suspended. Another suspension is likely even as he drives the short distance across Ohio to Cleveland to join the Indians.
While Puig and Bauer were the headliners of this complex deal, there were many prospects and major league role players that are also on the move. Namely the Reds number one prospect, outfielder Taylor Trammell, will go to the Padres, while the Indians receive a lefty pitcher from the Reds as well as three prospects from the Padres. Can you follow that? Puig is leaving Cincy in the way only Yasiel Puig could, brawling for his teammates. If he is a scrappy for the Indians as he has been for the Reds, we may be witnessing an emerging Ohio legend
Yankees vs. Red Sox is one of, if not the best rivalry in sports. In front of large crowds at London Stadium new home of West Ham United, both squads put on an offensive clinic over the weekend. 50 runs, 65 hits, and over 10 combined hours of baseball is what the Yankees and Red Sox gifted London in their first taste of MLB action across the pond. By the way, this was a two game series, not three!
The Yankees took both games of the series, winning the first 17-13, and the second 12-8. Runs, runs, and more runs. In game 1 both pitchers were knocked out in the first inning as both teams put up 6 runs a piece. The Yanks would put up 6 runs again in the 4th, and 3 in the 5th, before surviving another 6 run inning from the Red Sox in the 7th, who actually brought the tying run to the plate despite trailing by as much as 11 runs. Game 2 was a little more like your average baseball game until the Yankees put up a 9 spot in the 7th inning, coming back from 4-2 down to take a 11-4 lead.
Despite the fact that both teams have elite offenses, the stadium played very hitter friendly, contrary to the opinion of many prior thinking it would favor the pitchers. The dimensions were about 330 feet to the corners, and only 385 to dead center, with a 16 foot wall. There was more foul territory than any other stadium in the majors, and the playing surface was turf and played extremely fast.
Overall this first series was a big success for baseball and for London. The crowds were treated to two action packed games and were responsive throughout, 70% of the ticket sales were sold in Great Britain, and thee players seemed to enjoy the atmosphere being apart of the first ever MLB games played in Europe as well. The London series returns next year with another classic rivalry as the St. Louis Cardinals will face off against the Chicago Cubs.
The Yankees moved 11 games ahead of the Red Sox for first place in the AL East with the series sweep, and extended their MLB record consecutive home run streak to 31 games. Let us know what you though about the London Series