Yasiel Puig Is Leaving LA. Here's A GIF-Filled Goodbye To The Bat-Licking, Coach-Kissing Dodger

Yasiel Puig licks his bat during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Your friend is leaving Los Angeles and trading his Dodger blue for Cincinnati red. Yasiel Puig, along with fellow Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Alex Wood, are going to The Queen City in a deal for Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects.

Puig joined the Dodgers in 2013 and was an instant sensation, captivating fans with his limitless energy, impressive talent on the field and colorful antics — so many antics. The Cuban-born Puig's time in L.A. was a rollercoaster ride, and while he divided fans with his behavior, one thing he's never been is boring. We can't vouch for the guy off the field, but we'll forever remember the Wild Horse for his ceaseless entertainment — or at least the internet will.

THERE WERE THOSE BAT FLIPS

AND BAT LICKS

AND THAT CANNON OF AN ARM

CAN'T FORGET HIS KISSES FOR HITTING COACH TURNER WARD*

OR HIS UNBRIDLED JOY FOR THE GAME

HE NEVER HID ANY EMOTION... EVER

CELEBRATIONS INCLUDED

JUST LOOK AT HIM DANCE

AND CATCH PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING

ANYTHING

PLUS, HE DOES A SOLID VITO CORLEONE IMPRESSION

AND WHO CAN FORGET THESE POSTSEASON MOMENTS?

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, WILD HORSE, AND HAPPY TRAILS.

* Puig will reunite with Ward in Cincinnati, so the PDAs will continue.


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