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New York Mets throw a fit after Yasiel Puig home run trot

By
Alex Butler

June 22 (UPI) -- Yasiel Puig held his bat and stared toward left field following his home run in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-2 win against the New York Mets.

Puig stepped up to the plate in the fourth inning with two runners on and one out for the Dodgers. He took a 3-1 offering from Mets righty Tyler Pill and swatted it for his 13th home run of the season. The shot gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead in Wednesday's contest at Dodger Stadium.

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MLB.com estimated the trot took 32 seconds, the second-longest of the season. The long ball traveled 413 feet and traveled 102.5 mph off of his bat, according to ESPN's home run tracker.

After putting in the hack, Puig drifted to the right side of the plate and held onto his bat for a few steps as he moved glacially toward first base. He stared and watched it fly through the night sky until it landed in the stands. After rounding first base, he turned around after hearing criticism from the Mets' dugout for his showboating. He also got some words from Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores.

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"I think there's a way to enjoy a home run," Flores told MLB.com. "You enjoy it. You see it. But that was too much."

Flores described the confrontation in detail after the game.

"I told him to run the bases," Flores told the Southern California News Group. Flores also said Puig yelled an expletive at him.

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Puig is seen mouthing the expletive in Flores' direction on the replay. Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud put his glove over his mouth and said something to Puig after he crossed home plate.

"I don't think he knows what having respect for the game is. We're playing horrible right now. We don't need his [expletive]," Flores said.

Puig, who is currently hitting in the No. 8 spot, was 1-for-3 with 3 RBI in the victory. He also had a walk and scored a run for the 47-26 Dodgers. The 2014 All-Star is still raking a career-low .247.

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"He's not the only player in baseball who takes a little longer in admiring home runs," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the Los Angeles Times. "He got a good piece of it. I know that he did not mean any disrespect."

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Last week, Puig also hit a home run and made an interesting gesture. He flipped off fans on June 13 during a game against the Cleveland Indians.

Puig was seen talking to Mets stars Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Reyes after Wednesday's trying trot.

"We've been hitting well and we've been hitting a lot of home runs, and if that's the way he feels, it might be a result of them not playing so well," Puig told the Times. "After I talked to Cespedes, he told me to try to run a little bit faster — I don't look at it that way."

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