Yasiel Puig has taken the fast track to stardom. He has dominated since his call up, but he needs to realize he is still a youngin’ and has not proven himself as truly elite yet. He’s a 22 year old, supposedly, and he decided that he was too good to speak to a former great in Luis Gonzalez. You know, the guy who won a World Series with a base hit off the greatest closer in the history of history in Mariano Rivera… that guy. Puig is too good for him now. And don’t say, “Oh, he can’t speak English. He just did not understand.” False. Gonzalez approached Puig in his native Spanish language, and straight up ignored him. Puig did not even turn to look at Gonzalez.
People dislike Bryce Harper because he knows he’s great and shows it. But at least Bryce would respect a great from a rival team approaching him. He respected future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones by admitting he would vote for Chipper in last year’s final vote instead of himself. Puig is just coming off as a cocky, disrespectful asshole. He should learn to respect the game and its former greats because other players are starting to hate him.
Andrew Bynum signs with the Cavaliers. I am on the record of saying LeBron James will be a Cleveland Cavalier for the 2014-2015 NBA season. I have made two bets actually and I will take anymore that people want to offer up. If you look at the Cavaliers and Heat this season and take LeBron James out of the picture, the Cavaliers are much better. Starting five of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Anthony Bennett with Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bynum splitting the 4 and 5 duties. The Heat minus LeBron looks like this… Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, and Chris Bosh. I realize that this is an unfair comparison because the Heat built their team around LeBron, but wouldn’t LeBron want to play with the better supporting cast? That’s what he did in 2010, and he will probably do it again. If you say he’s the best player in the world now and he doesn’t have to move because players come to him, you’re wrong. He was the best player in the world in 2010 and he moved. He is already building an extension on his house in Ohio, he wants his kids to grow up in Akron, he donated $1 million dollars to rebuild his former high school’s basketball gym, and he wants to win. LeBron will be donning a crisp #6 Cleveland Cavaliers’ jersey opening night in 2014/2015.
I was wrong about the baseball games last night. I am glad I was wrong about the Orioles. Wei-Yin Chen pitched well and I hope he can sure up that rotation as they make a second half playoff push. Cliff Lee giving up 4 solo homers was a shock to me. My only explanation is that Citizens Bank Park is very hitter friendly. If you put it in the air, its gone. Tonight, I am hoping for the Orioles to score 10 runs on the Yu Darvish replacement starter, Ross Wolf. Making his second career start, the Orioles should be able to take advantage of a pitcher with a career ERA of 4.78. I am excited to watch this one as an O’s fan. And I just remembered I won’t get to watch it live… good thing MLB.tv has full replays of every game!