Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig hit a home run against the Mets during the fourth inning Wednesday, after which he stood at home plate admiring his work before taking 32 seconds to round the bases.
As he rounded first base, Wilmer Flores told Puig to run, not jog, at which point Puig slowed up, looked back, and cursed at Flores, creating a visual tension on field.
"I think there's a way to enjoy a home run," Flores explained to reporters, when asked after the game about the altercation. "You enjoy it, you see it, but that was too much."
Puig later admitted to jogging, but justified it by saying he he took offense to the Mets preferring to face him, and simply throw fastballs to him down the plate, as opposed to facing Joc Pederson, who hits before Puig and was intentionally walked.
"They elected to pitch to me instead of pitching to him," Puig said. "They thought it would be the same result (when) I hit the ground ball (earlier in the game). They figured (I) would be an easier out and that's why I was able to (jog, not run)."
"I don't think he knows what having respect for the game is," Flores added. "We're playing horrible right now. We don't need his [expletive]"
Later in the game, Jose Reyes and Yoenis Cespedes appeared to be trying to settle the disagreement as they talked with Puig between innings.
"If that's the way that he feels, it might be result of them not playing so well," Puig concluded.
There's no question he took forever and lollygagged, but I don't care. I enjoy showmanship, even if it's against my team. I also think he's right in that Wilmer was mostly pissed because the Mets have been getting crushed this week during a season that has been utterly disappointing. But, if the Mets don't like it, they could have gotten Puig out instead of giving up a home run.
Frankly, the best parts of this moment was a) that it resulted in Cespedes giving advice about running, not jogging, which is a rich irony, and b) broadcaster Salvador Perez saying, "Well, clearly Puig is doing a better job learning English. Good for him."