Monday's Angels-Dodgers matchup turned into a Puig-Pujols basepath duel
Pujols and Puig square off on the basepaths
While Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout are two of the brightest young stars in the game, it was legendary first baseman Albert Pujols who came out on top on Monday.
In the bottom of the first inning of the Freeway Series matchup, Puig hit a ground ball to Angels shortstop Erick Aybar. As he reached the bag, his foot collided with Pujols' foot in an awkward incident:
Nobody was hurt and it was clearly unintentional, but it certainly helped set the stage for the vet to teach the young gun a lesson.
In the sixth inning, Puig caught a fly ball off the bat of David Freese and fired the ball back in to Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to try and double off Aybar.
Aybar made it back safely, but not without a bit of a something-something from Puig:
And so, naturally, when Pujols found himself on first base in the eighth and caught Puig relaxing under a fly ball out, he decided to test the young outfielder -- and it worked:
That's a pretty good way to settle a score. The Fish God approved:
Of course, on the next fly ball hit to Puig, he was a bit more focused on Pujols:
And Prince Albert finished the lesson with an impression of Puig's gaffe:
When you have over 500 home runs, almost 2,500 hits, nine All-Star Game appearances and three MVP Awards, you're allowed to teach the young guys a thing or two.