Dodgers fans helping to get Puig to All-Star Game
JUL 09, 2013 10:05p ET
Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 10, 2013
So he knows how important this is. And so does Gonzalez, Puig’s teammate, who has said he supports Puig’s selection and would vote for him. Gonzalez has gone to the All-Star Game four times previously, so this is really no big deal to him.
But time is running out. Freeman could run away with the voting, and Puig’s amazing season – he has eight home runs and 19 RBI, and his batting average hasn’t dipped below .400 through his first 34 games – will not be justly rewarded.
But if the All-Star Game is about showcasing the game’s best players and allowing stars to show off their skills to a worldwide audience, Puig belongs there. He’s neither a polished nor a finished product, but he plays the game with a frenzy that hasn’t been seen since the Angels’ Mike Trout last season.
Those players don’t come along too often. If the result is sore thumbs for Dodgers fans, it’s a worthy price to pay.