Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended one game by the MLB for making an obscene gesture towards Indians fans during Tuesdaynight's game in Cleveland.
Puig, who crushed a two-run homer off of Indians starter Trevor Bauer in the second inning of the series opener, appeared to completehis home run trot with a double middle-finger salute towards Tribe fans as he crossed home plate.
Puig did not deny making the gesture when asked about the incident in a postgame interview:
People were talking to me before the home run, and after the home run, they kept talking, Puig said via his translator (as reported by The Los Angeles Times). I reacted that way, and stooped to their level.
It happened suddenly, Puig said. It was something that just came out.
In addition to the one-game suspension, the MLB also issued Puig an undisclosed fine. He has decided to appeal the suspension and is expected to play Wednesdaynight in Cleveland.