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Yasiel Puig addresses losing All-Star final vote, Arizona's criticisms and reported Luis Gonzalez spurning
Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig conducted an extended session with the media before Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies, which the Dodgers won, 6-1.
In the session, he was also asked about Arizona catcher Miguel Montero's comments that he should tone his on-field aggression down and the USA Today report that he spurned ex-Dodger Luis Gonzalez during batting practice in Arizona last week.
Here are some choice quotes:
(On coming in 2nd in Final Vote) "I'm happy with it. It's not what I expected for the team and for the city, but you just have to keep on playing. I don’t have my head down at all."
(On if he finds playing easier than talking to the media) "Playing for me is easier than any other thing.”
(On criticisms from Montero, others) "Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. That’s just the way it is. I’m going to play my game the way I play my game. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to. We’re more reserved. We don’t talk about the style that Montero and Parra play. We worry about ourselves...As long as my teammates see me well, then that’s all I worry about. I know I’m new to this game, but I do know that the media says things that are sometimes not the truth. It’s just the way it is."
(On the reported spurning of Gonzalez) "What happened in Arizona with the meeting with Luis Gonzalez, Mark McGwire was there and it wasn’t true. What transpired was different. I shook his hand and I said hello to Luis Gonzalez, just like the rest of my teammates did. Everything else that was said was different.”
(On the media) "I know I'm new to this game, but I know about the media that says things that are sometimes not true."
(On why he has made a habit of going on late-night tweeting sprees) "Because on Twitter, I write it myself, nobody else is writing it."