By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- Baseball is played within a vague medieval hierarchy.
If you are a rookie, you are to behave as if you were paint coated on a wall. You can be seen, but you shouldn't be heard. And, above all, you shouldn't make a spectacle of yourself.
Yasiel Puig comes from another baseball culture, a freer, Cuban style, and he refuses to play by the blue-collar code of this country's game. In the minor leagues, he was famous for his bat flips, even in batting practice. Already, he has developed a dugout dance with Luis Cruz or Hanley Ramirez after he hits home runs.
I happened to spend some time in the Arizona clubhouse the past couple of days talking to pitchers for some stories I'm working on and I noticed at least one of them had taken keen notice of Puig's dugout jubilation. He pointedly compared it to the way Bryce Harper plays -- hard and aggressively, but without showmanship.
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