The Indians were off on Monday but one of their players hit a grand slam. Newly acquired outfielder Yasiel Puig spent part of his Monday visiting children at Camp Simcha, a camp in upstate New York. Camp Simcha is the flagship summer program for Chai Lifeline, which helps children battling cancer and other chronic illnesses.
During Puig’s visit, he danced with the crowd, signed balls or hats for every camper and led a baseball clinic. The smiles on the campers’ faces were easy to see and will not wane anytime soon. As Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline CEO said, “Yasiel Puig is an All-Star on the field, but an even bigger All-Star mensch off of it. We are grateful for his taking the time to visit our campers and providing them with memories they’ll never forget.”
When Puig was traded to the Indians at the Trade Deadline, there were mixed reactions. Some people were happy that the Indians went out and got a good baseball player while others were wary as he has a reputation of being trouble in the clubhouse. Since joining the team, Puig is batting .351 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 15 games. He has also played stellar defense in right field.
We often look for the negatives in people, especially athletes, as it is easier to bring them down to our level than to try and raise ourselves up. Since joining the Indians, Puig has done everything right on and off the field and we should take the time to appreciate it and more importantly, celebrate it!