Yasiel Puig clearly can’t help himself when he gets behind the wheel. He has a lead foot. Once he gets out on the open freeway it’s pedal to the metal. It’s Burt Reynolds Smokey and the Bandit time.
Two reckless driving incidents and one rather humiliating dash cam video later, Puig has finally seen the light. He’s acknowledged his dangerous speed addiction. He’s taken steps to protect himself from himself.
The Dodgers superstar has hired his cousin to drive him around from now on.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten spoke about Puig’s decision, giving the outfielder props for making this major lifestyle adjustment.
“I give him credit for taking that step if nothing else,” Kasten said.
Kasten said he spoke to Puig after the initial reckless driving incident in Tennessee, the one where the charges were dropped. ”I said then that, even if he thinks he can get away with it because he’s in Chattanooga, if you ever get to the big leagues, nothing — nothing — is going to escape attention,” Kasten recalled.
This could just be the beginning of a whole Yasiel Puig re-do. Yasiel Puig 2.0. He doesn’t get nailed for reckless driving. He doesn’t over run balls in the outfield. He doesn’t drive everyone crazy in between dazzling displays of raw baseball talent.
He’s no longer the Wild Horse. Now he’s the Tamed Horse. And his cousin has a sweet gig.