VIDEOS: Albert Pujols vs. Yasiel Puig
On Monday night, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols showed Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers that nothing's to be assumed in baseball.
On Monday night, the Angels bested the cross-metro area Dodgers by a score of 5-0. In the course of that contest, Halos first baseman Albert Pujols and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig seemed to develop a bit of a rivalry.
First, Puig announced his presence to the Angels by "finger-wagging" back and forth with Erick Aybar, who tested Puig's arm by straying off first base ...
Now, I have no idea whether the exchange with Aybar possibly stuck in Pujols's craw, but there it is just the same. I'll also submit into circumstantial evidence Puig's (presumably) accidental entanglement with Pujols earlier in the game ...
Later, Pujols taught young Puig the hazards of fielding a routine fly ball while lost in a state of presumption. Please enjoy ...
Well then. Rare is the first-to-second tag-up. Rarer still is the first-to-second tag-up that isn't even a close play at the bag.
Not long after that, this happened ...
This time with Pujols on second, Puig catches the pop up and immediately waves to Pujols telling him to try and take third.— Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonVBN) August 5, 2014
After a brief exchange of words, Pujols walked back to the dugout after the final out of the inning, and as he did so he seemed to mock Puig's defensive stylings ...
Noted! Terse postgame comments? Forthcoming ...
Albert Pujols on Puig motioning him to go to third: "It's alright. He can have fun. I'm having fun, too. He can do whatever he wants."— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 5, 2014
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