Real, Actual Proof That Yasiel Puig Exists

From the day we first heard his name, Yasiel Puig has been less a ballplayer than a mythical beast with a funny name. Barely anyone saw him play in Cuba, scouting reports on what type of player he might be varied wildly, and even discussions of how large his contract should have been ranged from “he’s a $500,000 player” from one scout to “the Dodgers didn’t even offer the largest offer” from another source. We heard his agent (laughably, of course) insist that he could help the Dodgers this year while most observers claimed he was two years away at a minimum. Since then, all we’ve heard is that he’s “working his way into baseball shape” in Arizona while simultaneously seeing shockingly muscular photos.

So who is Yasiel Puig? I don’t know, and either do you. It’s fascinating and frustrating all at the same time. But what we do know is that not only did he make his Arizona League debut yesterday (in which he went 0-4), thanks to Jason Cole of Lone Star Dugout, we actually have video. Yasiel Puig exists!

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rafael sierra
rafael sierra

I thing yasiel puig will make it easy in the dodgers cl;ub I have a good nose for beisbol players and I like this guy.  go ahead Puig and don't make me fell bad I thing you are see Roberto Clemente again and I am from Puerto Rico

Dang88
Dang88

At least Adam Kennedy is almost back started his second rehab game yesterday.....shit

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

I need to get something else up just so we have a different topic to talk about, but I'm not sure what I feel like writing about right now.

Dang88
Dang88

I feel like all this started when I said Josh Hamilton told reporters he was being disobedient to God.

efb
efb

Jesus christ you guys.. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Anyway this is all more serious than i'd like to deal with this late. adios

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

My question is: Does Mike hate when we got off topic like this? Or does he like the traffic?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

ok getting serious in here

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

Sculpin IPA. Stone Imperial Russian Stout. Black Mission Fig Toffee Pudding. McKellar Barley Wine. Grilled Artichokes with Mom’s Gribiche. Perron of Blood Orange Cava Spritzer. I'm dunnnnzo!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

15 yr olds shouldn't be allowed to win gold medals. After that what is there to strive for? Jake, don't win a gold medal until you are at least 20

kempsbat
kempsbat

 @Mike Petriello How about team's chemistry mike. With the new additions, injuries, new owners, struggles, and successes, It is fair to say that this team will come together as one or wilt like an thirsty plant in the heat of summer? 

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

 @Mike Petriello Talk about Billingsley and the debatable amount of matter between his ears. We've never talked about that before. 

Dang88
Dang88

 @Mike Petriello Maybe a waiver trade deadline special? I feel like everyone got crazy about it yesterday haha

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue alright well dont let me waste your guys' time, go to sleep ill have more questions tomorrow

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Kewldood69 Red vine. Reeces peanut butter cups. Grape soda. Popcorn. 7up. Candy Corn. CocaCola.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue dude, u know how these kids make me look? my mom actually yells at me for sitting on the couch commenting on this blog while kids my age are winning medals. Im already a failure and i havent even started 10th grade yet

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz  @The_Real_Paul He does care of the content of the discussions during reg. hours. But for the most part I dont think he does in the middle of the night

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz  @Kewldood69 DOOOOOOOD! I ate this sandwich in North beach that was crazy tasty. Fig jam + dijon mustard, apple slices, honey ham, swiss cheese heated up. It is the shit

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz damn man. Well if it makes you feel any better the CEO of Yahoo is just a few years older than me and she is the fucking CEO of Yahoo.  Oh and she is really foxy

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

 @The_Real_Paul Then you have people like Mitt Romney, who was simply born mercenary.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlueFirst to answer that question you have to deal with the issue of morality in general. It's a complicated topic, and it's drawn a lot of disagreement from brilliant philosophers, theologians, and logicians over time. While debate still abounds, the one thing that most agree upon is that there does seem to be a sense of morality that is ubiquitous among humans. Most moral philosophers dismiss so-called "moral relativism" on the grounds that this is no better than having no morality at all. What it really boils down to is that ethics serve several purposes, among these: to preserve the human species,  ameliorate suffering, create desirable conditions for life and co-existence, and to protect the rights and freedoms of the individual. To drastically oversimplify things, morality benefits us from a Darwinian perspective, which helps to explain why we all seem to have some sense of right and wrong. With these goals in mind, we can attempt to construct a moral compass. I can't cover all proposed ethical systems here, but some of the more popular ones include utilitarianism, deontological ethics, egoism, and altruism. I encourage you to research these systems and decide which ones you find the most logical.

 

With that said, our understanding of morality changes drastically over time. Just over 200 years ago, many people thought that slavery was perfectly fine. It took a great deal of bravery, intellectual honesty, and critical thinking to question that tradition, but it now seems obvious that slavery is an egregious and inhumane act. This is just one of many horrible things that has taken place throughout history that were once seen as commonplace. The point is, our understanding of morality improves over time when people question the status quo and use reason to improve it.This is a principle known as fallibleness. Basically admitting that  we don't understand everything, but we can constantly move forward and attempt to mold an ethical structure that accomplishes the established goals of morality. 

 

Now onto your question. I think we're often too quick to label all people who do bad things as "evil". Sometimes people commit horrible acts not because they're "evil" but because they have some external motive to do so. An example would be 9/11, when Bin Laden had a religious motive for his actions. Or Timothy MrVeigh, who had political motives for the Oklahoma City Bombing. A more subtle form might be somebody who abuses their children because they were abused growing up. Some people have psychological ailments that cause them to behave erratically. Sometimes poverty or hate can drive people to do terrible things. These explanations don't dismiss their behavior or make them unaccountable for their actions, but they do help to explain the existence of what's perceived as evil without appealing to the supernatural.

 

There are tons of factors that go into a person's mental and psychological makeup.The two categories used to encompass them are often referred to as "nature" (your genetic predisposition to act a certain way) and "nurture" (the influences that occur in your lifetime that shape your behavior). If somebody really were to be defined as "pure evil" you'd have to focus exclusively on the "nature" aspect. Of course, no experiment has ever been done to isolate a human from "nurture" (that would be unethical),but often we observe people with similar upbringings and backgrounds who turn out quite differently, morally speaking, so it is fair to say that some people tend to act in a more "evil" way than others. But also keep in mind that even very "good" people do some bad things and vice versa. We all have the potential for both in us, but what we act upon is what defines our character.

 

Whew... that was a marathon. I hope you find my thoughts helpful. Again, I'm nothing like a philosopher, but I hope this encourages you to read more about the subject and try to understand your own ethical responsibilities. 

 

 

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @The_Real_Paul  @EephusBlue i do, I personally have no religious background, I have a jewish name and I go to a catholic school, but im basically agnostic so go ahead and give me your thoughts!

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlue whew, that's a doozie man. i can give you my own answer, but I'll warn you, it won't coincide at all with a catholic or judeo christian worldview, so you might not want to wander down that rabbit hole. If you decide you do want a secular perspective, I'd be happy to oblige. 

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @The_Real_Paul  @EephusBlue its kind of an obvious question, but I go to a catholic school so I have to deal with this sort of thing: my good friend asked me "can someone be born evil? are people born with a preexisting idea of right and wrong, presumably from God?" I said no, that you are born with limited knowledge past basic instincts and everything you learn morally comes from others, but he disagrees

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlue Ask away! But I also want to remind you to find out things for yourself. Don't just believe something because I or anybody else tells you. Always observe the evidence and arguments and decide whether or not to believe it (or to what degree you believe it) based on how compelling you find it.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @The_Real_Paul  @EephusBlue ya this book im reading has taught me a lot about the patterns of thought throughout history and the way logic and sciences have  changed since the beginning of civilazation, still there are many questions I have and im thankful to have you guys around

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlue You're welcome, man! I like meeting young people who are curious about the universe. I think it's awesome that you're a sophomore in high school and you're already thinking about how the world works, logic, laws of thought, etc. The world needs more people like you

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlue I'll help where I can, my friend. I'll warn you, I'm nothing like a genius, but I do have a really uncanny curiosity for things, so if you ask me something I don't know the answer to, I'd be happy to do some research and figure it out with you. 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlue this is actually just one aspect of the theory; it's pretty complicated and gets pretty mathy in parts. One interesting thing is that it eventually predicts its own downfall. If you find this stuff interesting, I really recommend Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time". 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlue In observable space, we see three dimensions. (length, width, and height). However, all events take place in a continuum called "timespace" A good way to think about it is that since the universe is so enormous, light that we see from stars happened a very long time ago, but we just now observe it. If the sun were to blow up, it would take 8 minutes for the effects of it to reach the earth, hence the added dimension of time.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue well its actually AP euro history, but i have to read this book calleed "the history of knowledge" so its talkin bout einstein and how important he is, but its not really clicking; but its alright dont worry about it

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @JakeHorvitz  @EephusBlue Isn't it just a way of relating events based on an observer's position along a 4 dimensional continuum of space and time? 

 

*not a scientist. just read a lot of random books on random shit*

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue maybe u or me, but not us both together; speaking of which can u explain einsteins theory of relativity? I'm reading about it right now and i dont get it and yes this is a serious question

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue i mean she's nice, not like crazy hot, but she seems good for like a mom if i knew her

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz nah not really i dont offend easily. I just find it amusing that you think of her as a milf. Which she is.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz But Bryce Harper is a douceh. you don't want to be a douche do you?

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue wats her name? also bryce harper is like 4 years older than me and he was in college when he was my age