I got a lot of debate about my column last week on Yasiel Puig. Some say you do pronounce the “g” on the end of his name and the others say you don’t. I called Dodger Stadium and they said go with the announcers. Local announcers do not pronounce the “g” while national announcers do.
Puig said he doesn’t care what you call him as long the Dodgers pay him $42 million for seven years. Here is a guy that grew up in the slums of Cuba where scraping together 42 pesos would be tough. So he seeks asylum in Mexico and right away the Dodgers think he’s the second coming of Mickey Mantle, or Ted Williams or the old Bobby Bonds.
I was just thinking what I would do with $42 million. I asked my hairdresser that question and she said she would quit her job. “But of course I would do your hair, Don!” That’s nice. Would hate for her to skip out on me halfway through my haircut like that ad on TV.
My first thought is that there are a lot of single parents that could use financial help. Then there are local sports teams that need equipment and help to pay their coaches so they don’t have to teach in season. Then I would announce to the Garden Grove Rotary Club that they wouldn’t have to raise money any longer. Maybe we could actually pay our good friends who have helped us in our fundraisers. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?
Some of us fantasize what we would do with a $ million. How about $42 million over a short time?
Yes, I would get some things for my self. For instance, I am stuck with this 48-inch TV. I could get a 100 incher. Of course I would need a bigger house. Then I could see Puig’s mug 100 inches high. He won’t mind, as long as he’s paid $42 million over seven years.
Do you think he will pour some money back into that shantytown in Palmira, Cuba? Would Castro even take his money after the defection? I don’t think Castro even wants to acknowledge Puig if he did take Puig’s money. Don’t look for a Puig plaque in Shantytown.
Most people say it’s fine for Puig to be on the All-Star team. I can’t believe the consternation I caused people over this issue. Is five weeks enough time to evaluate an All-Star? When I pinned them down the vast majority said “no” but they wanted him on the team because everyone wanted to see him.
This was before he struck out four times against San Francisco last Saturday. He sure didn’t look good although Dodger manager Don Mattingly said, “He even looks exciting striking out, doesn’t he?” I don’t think so but I hope he’s done a lot better since then.
Speaking of Mattingly. He goes through all this planning and drama to get his four outfielders, Kemp, Crawford, Ethier and Puig, together to explain how he will try to play the four starters in three outfield slots. On his first at bat, Kemp goes down with a bum shoulder so that solves that problems! It goes to show that anyone could get injured at any time.
A friend of mine just had a baby. His whole family usually picks names from the World of Sports, which makes him one of my favorite people. But he just couldn’t get down with Yasiel Puig. “Can you imagine if we named him Puig? The kids in school would crucify him. I might as well name him Sue!”
Meanwhile the Dodgers are climbing and in the hunt in the NL-West. They’ll get there, and they will win it.
Okay, there are other sports. So Dwight Howard chose Houston over the Lakers. I really think that if you feed Pau Gasol some Wheaties, and screw his head on tighter, he could be as good.
I’m sorry I don’t mention the Angels more. They are such disappointments. They have some good talent on that team that makes me more frustrated. I really wish them luck and I’m rooting for them.
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