GIF: Yasiel Puig throws out Andrelton Simmons at third base with perfect throw from right field

06/08/2013 at 9:10 pm By



Yasiel Puig Mania is reaching astronomical levels, what with him hitting four home runs (including a grand slam) in his first five major league games while carrying a .421 average into Saturady’s matchup with the Atlanta Braves and all.

In the fifth inning, after a Jason Heyward single, Puig showed off his arm by unleashing a rocket from right field that was waiting for Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons when he arrived at third base.


It’s Yasiel Puig’s world, we just live in it.


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  1. Richard L. Schaefer

    on 06/09/2013 - Reply

    Dear all,
    I decided to send this baseball email to all because its contents are so unusual.

    It’s about Dodger player and rookie Yasiel Puig, six foot three inches tall and 245 pounds, and strong and fast and with a strong throwing arm and enthusiastic, a refugee from Cuba who signed a 7-year contract for $42 million for the Dodgers at the age of 22. (I like the “42”–having been born in 1942, and with “42” being the number of Jackie Robinson and my favorite number, and also the name of the latest movie on Jackie Robinson. It was a great joy to see that movie with Mary and Ron in Tulsa.)

    This is the link to a Sporting News story on him that includes some video that says his way of flipping the bat is another thing that attracts attention:

    This is the link to a Sporting News story later in the week that includes some video that includes his throwing out a runner from right field to end and win the first game he played in the majors. ( I just made up the phrase: A Walk-Off Throw–as distinct from A Walk-Off Homer or Walk-Off Hit or even another phrase I just made up: A Walk-Off Catch.):

    You may remember that I have mentioned how an early name of the Jews for God was “El” or forms of “El.” So one finds “…el” as a suffix at the end of the names of prophets like Ezekiel and Daniel, for the tribe of Daniel, and for the only three angels and archangels named in the Bible: Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael.

    And a later name for God is Yahweh or Jahweh or Jehovah. So one finds “…yah” or “…iah” or “…ah” as a suffix at the end of the names of prophets like Jeremiah and Isaiah, at the end of the name of the leader who succeeded Moses, namely, Joshua, and Jesus, since the Greek spelling of the name of our Savior is Jesus, but the Hebrew spelling is “Joshua,” which means “Yahweh is Salvation.”
    I noticed only last summer that the name of the prophet “Elijah” can be interpreted to combine both names of God. And he was a kind of transitional figure among the prophets.

    Well, one can argue that the first name of the Dodger rookie, “Yasiel,” also combines both of the Jewish names for God, but in reverse order to the way they appear in the name of Elijah.
    “Ya” can indicate Yahweh. “El” can indicate “El” or “Eloihim.”

    Note that in Spanish, the “si” in the middle means “Yes” or “Amen.”
    So one can say that the name of Yasiel can be interpreted to be saying: “God, Yes, God” and “God, Amen, God.”

    One could also reverse the letters “s” and “i” and get “is”; and thus one has “God is God.”

    The Thomistic philosophers like Etienne Gilson and Jacques Martain emphasize that God is the fullness of Being or fullness of Existence or fullness of Isness. In that direction, they also interpret what God said to Moses about His name as being: “I am Who am”; with God saying that He is the fullness of Being, of Existence, of Isness.

    So the reversal of the two middle letters of “Yasiel” can produce: “God, Being, God” or “God, Existence, God” or “God, Isness, God.”

    A word commonly used about him is that he is enthusiastic, as it is noted that the Dodgers needed a spark and now have it. Well, the word “enthusiastic” means “in God”!

    It did occur to me that Yasiel Puig could be doubly or triply named after God, but also a pig.
    So I did look up the roots of the word “Puig.” The word means “hill.”
    There is a town in Spain in the region of Valencia that is named El Puig. (Of course, “El” or “el” in Spanish simply means “the.”) It began as a Muslim fortress. Naturally enough, the fight by which the Spanish defeated the Muslims in that area is called “the Battle of the Puig.”
    Honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary is expressed there by the title “Virgin of El Puig.” And on the first Sunday and Monday of September, there are processions to honor her.
    El Puig has been considered to be the spiritual capital of Valencia.

    Regarding the Dodger game on Friday, Puig tied the game with a home run and ESPN mentions:
    “Yasiel Puig hit a solo HR, giving him 4 career HR: a solo shot, 2-run HR, 3-run HR and grand slam… The last Dodgers player whose first four career home runs were a solo shot, 2-run, 3-run and grand slam was Frank Howard whose first four career homers spanned 1958 to 1960.”
    Everyone admires someone who hits four home runs in one game. One can argue that it’s a greater feat to hit a one-run, two-run, three-run, and four-run home run for one’s first four homers; and he did it in five games, unlike Howard.

    Frank Howard does bring back good memories, including one wonderful memory. In Milwaukee against the Milwaukee Braves, we had a perfect view sitting in seats up above third base of a throw he made for the Dodgers from the corner of right field to third base. He had caught a flyball. And Henry Aaron was running to third base after the catch. Howard threw a perfect bullet that didn’t even bounce. It came right into the glove of Junior Gilliam, who was playing third base that day. Aaron was called safe and he was safe. Maybe Gilliam’s slight juggling of the ball affected the umpire’s decision, but I doubt it. The thrill we got and never forgot was the wonderful throw by Howard and our wonderful view of that throw. It certainly was the best throw I have ever seen. Puig’s recent throw to third was wonderful; but it was not from nearly as deep in the outfield as was the one by Howard.

    I did just discover that Frank Howard is the only player to hit 10 home runs in one week. And in that streak, he hit 13 homers in 16 games, the first to do so; Albert Belle later matched that.

    If you look at the links on Puig, you will see a video of throw he made from the corner of right field in the first game he played in the major leagues. There was a runner on first base. Puig made the catch and threw it (not the Howard bullet, but a great throw, nonetheless). It got to first base on the fly. The runner was called “Out” for a double play to end the game, as I mentioned. Actually, it did look like the runner either beat the thrown to the bag or that the Dodger first baseman had to take his foot off the base to make the catch and then return his foot to first base; in other words, the runner may have been safe. But it was a great throw in any case, especially for one’s first game in the major leagues. (The first baseman is Adrian Gonzales, reminding me of our uncle, Father Aidan Schaefer, OFM; I did notice there is a St. Aidan Church, a Catholic parish in Livonia, Michigan.)

    One reason the Dodgers signed Puig for so much money is that another Cuban refugee, Yoenis Cespedes, was such a great success for the Oakland Athletics last year. One reason the Dodgers did not have him start right off in the major leagues is that they know he is inexperienced and in need of fine-tuning his talent. Already he has made two errors; and I think he made a base-running mistake. The Dodger hitting coach, Mark McGwire, a great slugger, as well as the Dodger first baseman, Adrian Gonzales, are coaching him.

    He is the second player since 1900 to hit four home runs in his first five games.

    He has tied two other players in major league history to have the most Runs Batted In, namely, ten, in one’s first five career games–in his case, five straight games.

    He has already hit two game-tying homers.

    Not surprisingly, he has had one game already–a game with two homers–where the fans called him to make a bow or curtain call twice in the same game. Two curtain calls in one game are very rare. The fans, too, are becoming enthusiastic under his influence.

    It is reported that he said he would hit a homer in a particular game to please a baseball scout with whom he is associated. And he did hit a homer in that game. And his grand slam homer seems to have been anticipated by a member of the Dodgers.

    I just heard some baseball analysts saying that the Atlanta Braves seem at this point to be the team that is solidly fixed to win their division and then perhaps go to the World Series. It was good to be able to look back at the fact that the Dodgers just beat them in the first two games of their four-game series. During the second game, Friday, the Braves knew he had hit a grand-slam or bases-loaded homer against them the day before. He did hit a homer on Friday to tie the game. And he was the next batter when the game ended; the pitcher made a wild pitch with a runner on third and the game was over before Puig could bat against a possibly nervous pitcher. Nervousness by the Braves had been shown earlier in the game when they gave an intentional walk to Puig, a somewhat unusual action to take regarding a rookie batter.

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