Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been a lightning rod since breaking into the league, and apparently the NLCS umpire crew didn't take too kindly to his act. Ken Gurnick and Lyle Spencer of MLB.com have the details:
Puig has enraged the crew, which believes he is showing up umpires at home plate. It nearly came to a head in Game 5 when Puig was called out on strikes by plate umpire Ted Barrett and stood in the batter's box, left hand on hip, staring at Barrett. Earlier in the at-bat, Puig said something to Barrett, who came out from behind the plate, brushed off the plate and apparently said something to Puig.
Earlier in that game, Barrett called out Hanley Ramirez on a third strike and Ramirez shook his head repeatedly and had some words with Barrett as he walked away. In a regular-season game, Puig might have been ejected. Before each postseason series, however, umpires meet with managers and general managers and explain that, because of the importance of the series, umpires will exercise restraint on ejections, as long as uniform personnel don't take advantage of their patience.
Apparently, this crew, which Torre oversees, feels that Puig has crossed the line. It's not known if Puig has been fined, but apparently word was sent from MLB offices to the Dodgers' clubhouse that disrespecting the umpires with displays at home plate won't be tolerated, especially by Puig.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten and MLB executive Joe Torre had a heated conversation during batting practice prior to Game 6 about Puig according to the MLB.com scribes. "Just some friendly conversation," said Torre, who has never ben one to make a big deal of anything to the media.
Puig's flashy style of play is going to rub some people the wrong way. That's inevitable. Showing up umpires by staring them down after a called third strike or chirping at them during an at-bat is over the line though. The men in blue usually don't take too kindly to that stuff. There's a right way and a wrong way to get your point across with showing the crew up. Puig has to learn the difference.