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WATCH: Yasiel Puig slides into plate after hitting walkoff home run

 
WATCH: Yasiel Puig slides into plate after hitting walkoff home run
Posted July 29th, 2013 @ 9:53am by David Brown | Big League Stew

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie slugger Yasiel Puig does things just a little bit differently than the average major league ballplayer. Say, who wants to be average, anyway?

With teammates waiting to playfully pound on him, Puig finished off his first career game-ending home run trot by sliding into the plate in the 11th inning Sunday. Unconventional, sure, but not unprecedented, and a seemingly appropriate way to celebrate a 1-0 victory against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium.

Reds pitchers accumulated a team-record 20 strikeouts against the Dodgers, with Puig among four batters who struck out three times. But not against right-hander Curtis Partch, Cincy's third reliever to follow Tony Cingrani. After connecting, Puig flipped his bat melodramatically and raised his arms like Richard Nixon before rounding first.

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