Bochy: 'I do think we drifted mentally a little bit'
In 68 games this season, Yasiel Puig is hitting .352 with 12 home runs, 28 RBI and a .412 OBP. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Nothing amuses so quickly, and dissipates with equal speed, as an Internet catfight about something inconsequential. Today’s subject: Superbeing-in-training Yasiel (Valdes) Puig. The highlights:
Puig is castigated by some writers for missing cutoff men on a fairly consistent basis. Puig snaps at media in general. Puig then snaps at umpire after a strikeout, continues snap in dugout. Shows up late to ballpark next day, is benched and fined. Comes off bench in double-switch and hits massive home run on first pitch he sees. And Dodgers are castigated in Los Angeles newspapers because they didn’t punish Puig enough. Puig gets to ballpark on time next day. And there was much rejoicing.
In other words, Puig is already on his way to a fulfilling life making much money, hating the media, and the media hating him back while grandiosely marveling at his abilities. It’s a grand old tale, one that ends badly for everyone.
And meanwhile, the Bay Area still obsesses about Barry Zito and Alex Smith. We never have any up-to-date fun.
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This isn’t about sports, but what the hell – we all travel too, right? Singapore Airlines has a budget carrier, Scoot, that will introduce a special upgrade to a section of the plane that does not allow children 12 or under, following Malaysian Airlines’ lead banning infants from first class on certain planes. And in England, Top Gear presenter and professional humorist/crank Jeremy Clarkson got into one of his occasional public binds after tweeting that children should be stashed in the luggage hold.
I will now give you a few moments to remember the phrase “noise-cancelling headphones with a beer chaser,” and hate people along with me. There. I think that’ll tide you over.
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Allen Iverson is about to announce his official retirement, only three years after playing his last game with the Memphis Grizzlies. His was a storied career with a lot of bizarre sidebars along the way, but his retirement seems oddly timed, given that . . . well, you know.
Unless, of course, his master plan was always to end his career the way remembered the way most people will – wearing a Besiktas Turka Cola jersey.
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Here’s a story that reminds us of the character-building aspect of sport. Oregon City High School football coach Kevin Strasser was charged with stealing and then attempting to pawn the wristwatch of one of the players.
The character part? That there is a high schooler of any kind in America who uses something other than his or her phone as his or her timepiece. That sot of thing went out with Chuck Taylors on basketball players.
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Chris Paul is the new president of the NBA Players Association. Just in time to enjoy the long-term benefits of that lousy deal Billy Hunter got them.
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The NCAA has asked the judge in the Ed O’Bannon/EA licensing case to delay the trail by an additional 14 months and change, to June of 2015. The reason, we think, is obvious.
That’s an extra 445 days to hope a meteor strikes the earth.
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Major League Baseball issued a statement Wednesday denying it had any evidence of Miguel Tejada being involved with Biogenesis. The statement went on to read: “In a related development, Alex Rodriguez is up to his eyelids in Biogenesis and must be destroyed.”
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Back to Zito, on the strange quality of his latest loss, and the game he plays in general: “The nature of the game is so unpredictable. That’s why we all love it. That’s why we all hate it.”
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And finally, Ichiro Suzuki’s 4,000th professional hit caused some people to complain about the hits he got in Japan, saying they shouldn’t actually count in the total. Others, including ESPN noodge-in-residence Keith Law, pointed out that statistics from other leagues are indeed counted, including that of the Federal League.
This is an odd fact to pull, since as Law should know all too well, Ichiro had 67 hits in his rookie year with the 1915 Chicago Whales.