WATCH: Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig make another diving catch to rob a hit

  • David Whitlock

If you have the opportunity to see Yasiel Puig play, pay the money, because you’re likely to see something special.  Friday afternoon’s Puig highlight was a diving catch, as he was coming in and to his left and robbed Chicago Cubs IF Darwin Barney of a sure hit.  What I want you to watch is the economy of steps.  By the time the camera catches Puig who got a great jump, he makes 8, maybe 9 strides in a perfectly direct line to the ball, times the dive perfectly, and scoops the ball a few inches from the ground.  Then simply let’s his momentum stop (as if he was on a water slide) as he shows the ump the ball.  Poetry in motion (courtesy of

Even the umpire Greg Gibson wasn’t sure and apparently (off screen signaled safe before Puig kind of showed him “No blue, I got it”.)

"Just another routine play" - Puig Credit:

“Sólo captura otra rutina” – Puig

This kid is special.

-David Whitlock

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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