Puig was benched Friday for the club's home opener due to being late. In fact, the team was already halfway through batting practice when he arrived. He apologized and has vowed to start showing up on time.
Do his veteran teammates have any advice for him?
Adrian Gonzalez, asked if he gave advice to Puig today: "I said, 'Get your ass here on time.'"— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) April 5, 2014
I'm generally a Puig defender -- if not an apologist -- but arriving on time to work is pretty fundamental and in terms of players getting to the ballpark on time, it's extremely easy to control. Being so late as to miss a significant portion of batting practice is, quite frankly, pretty ridiculous.
Puig did apologize, but he's had to apologize several different times in his big-league career already. It's good that he apologizes, but an apology wouldn't be necessary if he'd stop messing up. Just get to work on time, as Adrian Gonzalez so eloquently put it.