GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Super Bowl hasn’t been in Glendale, Ariz., for nearly a month now, but the NFL seems to have left a middle linebacker behind -- Yasiel Puig. Puig has come out of his shell this spring, and is using more and more of his English, though, early on, he still had his cousin around as an interpreter – particularly during a two-hour talk he had with newcomer Jimmy Rollins on one of the first days of camp (more on that in a story to come).
Puig has formed quite the rapport with former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who sat in his golf cart and observed batting practice on Sunday, along with Sandy Koufax and Eric Karros. Lasorda – as fluent in Spanish as anyone at Camelback Ranch – needled Puig, who showed some spark in his retorts, but also a hefty amount of respect as he and other players listened to Lasorda recount his feud with former Reds manager Sparky Anderson and the days of the Dodgers-Reds rivalry.
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