The week that Yasiel Puig joined the Dodgers and captivated the baseball world
June 3 (MLB Debut)
Puig went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a single in his very first at-bat. But his biggest moment came in the ninth inning, when he turned an unreal 9-3 double play to end the game -- showing off that rocket arm baserunners have come to know and fear.
Day 2 of the Yasiel Puig Experience introduced audiences to the 22-year-old's ability to hit baseballs over the fence. He hit two homers -- one of the three-run variety over the left-field wall to tie the game, and then a two-run shot the opposite way.
He finished the game with three hits, two runs and five RBIs.
Puig went 0-for-4 in the Dodgers' final game against the Padres, but have no fear. He was just saving himself for the next game against the Braves. Cue first-ever grand slam that leaves Vin Scully speechless.
He also added a single and a run.
Another day, another game-tying home run.
Puig felt four days had been long enough since he showed off his laser throw to the baseball masses, so he punched out
He also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Puig would continue on his tear for the rest of the month -- setting a Dodgers rookie record for hits and nearly setting a new Major League mark. From June 3 through July 3 (28 games), he slashed at an ungodly .440/.466/.743 rate with eight homers, seven doubles, 18 RBIs and 22 runs. He bat-flipped like he didn't have a care in the world. He did the worm in the clubhouse. He finished 15th in the NL MVP vote and was an integral part to his team reaching the NLCS.
So here's to many happy returns, Yasiel, and a start to the 2017 season like this one not so long ago.