Yasiel Puig shot, in his thoughts, a routine grounder into left area to start Friday’s seventh inning of the Nationwide League division collection opener at Dodger Stadium.

He thought he might earn a double, till he observed that Arizona left fielder David Peralta had him shaded towards middle. Puig rounded first base with objective and second with a vengeance. As he neared third, he imagined ice cream awaited him upon arrival, and his tongue began to sneak out of his mouth.

He slid in safely, and his tongue absolutely escaped. As Puig propped himself on third base together with his left hand, he frantically wagged his tongue and flopped his head round, in a second made for our time. Inside minutes, the video clip threaded throughout the web and onto sports activities spotlight exhibits.

“I don’t know what that was,” Cody Bellinger stated. “I haven’t seen the video but.”

Puig’s teammates attributed it to a typical Puig gesture, notably in a excessive-profile second he so adores.

“It’s fairly particular when he will get targeted and locked in,” stated Clayton Kershaw, the sport’s profitable pitcher. “Tonight meant rather a lot to him. He was targeted and locked in, and that’s the kind of participant he might be.”

Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated he was wholly unsurprised to witness Puig’s tongue-wagging second, noting that his proper fielder is nicknamed “Wild Horse.”

The 2 males have battled typically this season, as just lately as final week, when Puig confirmed up late for a pregame exercise and Roberts benched him. They then reached a tentative understanding, which has up to now prolonged into the postseason.

“Typically, you shake your head,” Roberts stated. “Typically, you smile. However he’s a heck of a expertise, and he helped us to win a baseball recreation tonight.”

In Friday’s first inning, Puig fouled off three two-strike pitches till he discovered an appropriate fastball. He knocked it for an RBI double to middle, and at second base he gesticulated wildly.

“That’s the best way he performs,” Chris Taylor stated. “I feel that’s why the followers love him.”

After the final ball he fouled off, Puig licked his bat, as he has made his behavior this season. He claims it’s to evaluate the bat’s viability. This time, he encountered undesirable pine tar and made a face to match it. However the double adopted, and so he stated he gained’t cease licking his bat.

“I assumed there was a bat in entrance of him,” Justin Turner joked about Puig’s later physique language.

As Puig modeled his response earlier than a roomful of reporters and cameras late Friday night time, Turner shielded his face together with his palm, barely capable of suppress overt laughter.

“JT likes it,” Puig stated. “That’s the rationale he’s laughing proper now.”

Puig, conducting a uncommon information convention in English, twice requested Turner to mimic him. Turner declined. Puig requested Turner to take a look at him. Turner obliged, and Puig did it once more — tongue a number of inches outdoors his mouth, head shaking uncontrollably, absolutely dedicated to the bit.

“That,” Turner stated, “is strictly how he did it.”

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