I get it: you're tired of the Yasiel Puig hype. And I sort of agree with you. He's been in the league for a week, and even though plenty of guys have good weeks where they hit .400 with power, none of those players have ended up being an unholy mash-up of Babe Ruth and Bo Jackson yet. Odds are, this one won't either.
But even if I don't get the excesses featured on Baseball Tonight and the rest, I get why they're all talking about him. The Dodgers get talked about because they're a big market team that spent an A-Rod and a half on their roster, and they aren't any good. That's newsworthy, even if it gets dull after a while.
And the team itself isn't that interesting. I'd apologize to any Dodger fans reading this, but they probably already agree with me. Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez are good, because they're always good, and Hyun-jin Ryu has been a nice surprise, but otherwise the team is old and injured and not that exciting.
So along comes a prospect. He's Cuban, and if Major League Baseball has taught me anything about global politics in the last couple of years, it's that everyone on that island is a frightening cyborg who can do this and this and especially this. They just show up out of nowhere every few years and do things that baseball players aren't supposed to be able to.
Plus, the Dodgers paid $42 million for him, so there's expectations. You don't pay a guy 13 times more than you pay a normal prospect if you aren't expecting something impressive out of him. So he shows up and he does this and this. It stimulates the imagination, even if we know that the numbers aren't going to last forever.
So, apologies to Trent Oeltjen and all the other rookies with hot starts who didn't get this sort of attention, but I'm not going to apologize for finding Puig entertaining. At least not until this time next week, when Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds will be arguing about whether Puig should pitch in the All-Star Game.
Sadly for Dodger fans, the team has not learned from Puig's fine example. While his addition has resulted in a marked power surge for the team (Puig already ranks fourth in home runs on the Dodgers), the offense is still below-average, and the pitching staff has struggled outside of Kershaw and Ryu.