Yasiel Puig celebrated his first home run of 2017 with a giant bat flip
This winter, Puig has retooled. He spent the offseason getting in shape and has reported to camp looking leaner than he has in the recent past. He's even changed around his swing mechanics, too, adding a leg kick and standing taller in the box:
He's apparently made one more change to transform back into the player we all fell in love with: bringing back the bat flip. After pledging to give them up in 2015, Puig launched a left-field blast against the Mariners on Sunday. He then celebrated with a bat launch that would make the Kennedy Space Center proud.
As Puig told MLB.com's Ken Gurnick after being lifted from the game for
"I think he earned that one," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Puig's bat flip. "In the context of not disrespecting opponents and playing the game for the team, you've got to have fun. If you hit a homer, that's part of the game and you're going to celebrate things. If you're doing things the right way, I've got no problem with it. The way he's playing, with enthusiasm, that's who he is and that's a good thing."
While a single bat flip isn't proof that 2017 will be known as the Year of Puig, it does give plenty of reason for optimism.