Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/20/13
The Los Angeles Dodgers crashed and burned on Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals eliminated them from the postseason with a 9-0 drubbing in Game 6 of the NLCS. Less than an hour after the Dodgers' promising season was over manager Don Mattingly had strong words for his right fielder indicating that polarizing figure Yasiel Puig has plenty of growing up to do. "Sitting there watching it tonight -- and it's what we've kind of watched all year long -- it's like you don't have time to work on it really" Mattingly said. "You kind of go over it and you try to teach. ... Yasiel gets excited. He's going to try to make plays all the time and that's the way he is. "But we've got to do a better job I think of helping him mature and understand what we want done and the way to do it." During Friday's season-ending loss Puig made two bad throws in the third inning that directly led to Cardinals' runs. He also booted a base hit by Yadier Molina to start the fifth inning in which the Cardinals scored five times. But his poor play in the finale is hardly the most alarming trend with Puig. It's his preceived lack of respect for the game is making waves. The 22-year old drew widespread criticism during Game 3 of the NLCS when he celebrated prematurely on a drive to right. Puig flipped his bat aggressively and raised his arms while watching the ball thump off the top of the wall. Despite walking out of the batter's box Puig still managed a triple further celebrating at third base. The incident came in the fourth inning of a scoreless game with the Dodgers trailing 2-0 in the series. Though it sparked a Dodgers win the bat-flip was burned into memory and afterward veteran Carlos Beltran offered choice words for the rookie.
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