Megan McCormick / The Badger HeraldWith apologies to Grantland Rice:Outlined against a blue-gray May sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Evans, Kleist, Brackeen and that kid who draws “Tanked Life” (Steven?). They formed the crest of the Daily Cardinal cyclone before which another fighting Badger Herald softball team was swept over the precipice at Vilas Park Friday afternoon, as a few dozen spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the muddy green plain below.A cyclone can’t be snared. It may be surrounded, but somewhere it breaks through to keep on going. When the cyclone starts from Vilas Hall, where the candle lights still gleam through the Wisconsin sugar maples, those in the way must take to storm cellars at top speed.Friday the cyclone struck again as The Daily Cardinal beat The Badger Herald, 7-6, with a set of star batsmen that ripped and crashed through a strong Herald defense with more speed and power than the warring journalists could meet.After winning last year’s game the cyclone was indeed snared early on, falling behind the Herald 4-0 after the first two innings. With that advantage, the Herald players could perhaps be forgiven the faintest hints of optimism.Maybe, they might have thought, this year would be different from the last. Maybe this team was good enough. Maybe their newspaper isn’t a visually boring bastion of the passive voice that people flip past on their way to read drivel like “SO to the coastie wearing Uggs!!!1 lolz.”But this year wouldn’t. That team wasn’t. And their newspaper is.The Cardinal cyclone soon restored order to the world, crushing that optimism in a valiant comeback and pulling past their Herald counterparts with great hitting, expert baserunning and a suffocating defense led by pitcher Matt Kleist. The Cardinal cruised to the win as Kleist pitched his way through a tense final inning that ended when Herald Sports Content Editor Kelly Erickson popped out with the tying run on third base.“It was a rocky start, but once the Herald actually started obeying its batting order and not putting the same five guys up to bat every inning, we turned it around,” Kleist said.Epic comebacks that will echo in the halls of glory for an eternity aside, Friday’s game was packed with intense action, controversial calls and the thrilling specter of a six-foot, seven-inch photo editor attempting to reverse direction in a muddy field to avoid getting doubled up on a fly out. It was truly a sight to behold.Umpire, journalism professor and cigar enthusiast James Baughman ruled over a heated but fair game between the rivals, often taking anticipation-packed extra seconds to call base runners out or safe to up the intensity whenever he could.“One of my good friends from Harvard used to always tell me, ‘Jim’ – and he’d always talk like that, and I would tell him, ‘What is wrong with your jaw?’ – anyway, he’d always tell me, ‘Jim, you simply have to make the most of the spotlight when it’s on you.’ And I’ve lived with that advice every day since,” Baughman said. “The only other place where I have so much attention on me is my cats at feeding time, but we all know how fickle Grady is.”After the game, Cardinalistas moved on to the flip cup table to dominate their foes in another arena, before shifting their focus back to kicking the Herald’s ass in the last weeks of the semester. The cyclone, as it always does, rages on.
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Puig has heard it all before from any number of veteran teammates, coaches and others. And yet, in an interview with ESPN Deportes during the Caribbean Series in February, Puig said he wanted to be a good teammate but he didn’t know how.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman read the interview and was encouraged.“I think a lot of times you say to someone, ‘Be a better teammate.’ I don’t know that there’s been the follow-up on specifics and examples,” Friedman said. “Even if it had been explained well, he might not have been at a point in time to really listen and internalize it. I can’t answer that question.“But when I heard that in February, it was really encouraging to me for numerous reasons – one of which was the vulnerability it showed. It’s not easy to say I don’t know how to do something.”It shouldn’t be surprising that Puig – and other Cuban players – don’t immediately grasp what is expected of them as professionals in MLB, Friedman said. Chase Utley isn’t the first to try. But maybe he is the first to find fertile ground for his efforts.During the Dodgers’ preseason Freeway Series in Anaheim, Utley approached Yasiel Puig and offered some advice. As Puig tells it, Utley offered him some wisdom gleaned while surviving – and succeeding – for 14 seasons in the major leagues and what it takes “to get to his age and still be an effective player.”“Obviously, I think we all know how much talent he has,” Utley said. “You see a guy with so much talent and you want him to be able to get the most out of that talent for as long as you can. So I gave him my two cents on how I thought he could sustain that success for a long time.”There were no secrets. Establish a routine, Utley told Puig. Be accountable. Be prepared every day. “Get here on time and do the things that are necessary to be a good teammate,” Puig summarized. “Work hard to get the job done.” “This is just a smaller example of a bigger issue – I feel like as an industry we’ve failed the Cuban players,” Friedman said. “We sign them for a lot of money and fast-track them to the major leagues (because of the money invested) and just the raw talent. We don’t necessarily take the time to help with the assimilation to this style of play, this culture.“And there are so many things that are so different from their experiences also in a professional league that differ from here that we take for granted. … It is so different. You’d have to ask him but as an example I think they show up at 6 o’clock for a 7 p.m. game. It’s just totally different.”No longer the raw 22-year-old who burst into the major leagues three years ago and overpowered the game with his athleticism, Puig says he doesn’t “really care about getting scolded” or criticized for his irresponsible behavior off the field or lapses on it. But he does admit he is motivated to change.“I know I’m getting older, more experienced. I’m more mature now,” he said through an interpreter. “And a contract is coming up so I know I have to have the discipline in order to get a better one.”Indeed. That could come as soon as this off-season. The seven-year, $42 million contract Puig signed in June 2012 includes a clause allowing him to opt into arbitration when he reaches three years of major-league service time. He will pass that benchmark this season and could use the option to prod the Dodgers into negotiating a new, multi-year deal – or go to arbitration, where he could get a raise from the $6.5 million he is scheduled to earn next season.Even former teammate Zack Greinke gave Puig a politically correct endorsement this week.One of the more tasty scenes in the book “The Best Team Money Can Buy” written about the dysfunctional Dodgers of 2013 and 2014 involved a confrontation between Greinke and Puig. One thread in Greinke’s decision to leave L.A. via free agency this winter questioned whether he would ever return to a clubhouse that included Puig.“Honestly, that had zero to do with anything,” Greinke said last week. “The clubhouse over there is fantastic. Especially the last season. It was a really good place. A lot of great guys over there. I would say it would be much more of a positive the way the clubhouse is than a negative.”Asked specifically if that included Puig, Greinke – who usually looks like a dental patient during interview sessions – let a knowing smile crease his face while saying, “Yes. He’s fine.”The Dodgers’ clubhouse atmosphere has indeed improved – and that actually has little to do with any change in Puig. It started with the departures of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, whose individual agendas had become toxic. It has continued this season with the fresh energy brought by new manager Dave Roberts and a new coaching staff.Don Mattingly’s patience with Puig ran out long before Mattingly’s time with the Dodgers and their relationship had deteriorated beyond repair last season. Roberts is clearly a factor in any new leaf Puig turns over this season.“I don’t think I have much to do with it. Obviously, it’s the player who has to buy in,” said Roberts, acknowledging that his approach to Puig has been to focus on the positives and reflect that back to the player – something that had left Mattingly’s arsenal long ago.“I just thought that at the core there is so much good in there,” Roberts said. “I just felt that you’ve got to love on him a little bit. We’ve done that. He’s been great. He really has. He’s been a complete joy for me.”The fact Puig is batting .356 and has been on base 23 times in the first 13 games of the season – and can joke with the Twitter hashtag “#PuigNotLate” about being the first one on the team plane Monday – certainly makes it easier for Roberts to embrace Puig.“I give Dave a lot of credit, (coaches) Turner Ward, George Lombard – all of them have forged a real relationship with him,” Friedman said. “To Dave’s credit, he’s not trying to change Puig. He wants him to be himself … but within the individual to understand which aspects are more important than others and to let him grow within those looser boundaries.”Utley does not come across as someone willing to accept “looser boundaries” about the proper way to go about things on a baseball field or in a clubhouse. He had heard about the Dodgers’ problem child before arriving in Los Angeles last August but says Puig has “absolutely” been different than he expected.“I really didn’t know,” Utley said. “You read stuff but you don’t really want to take everything you read as fact. But I feel like he’s been a good teammate ever since I’ve been around. A good teammate, supportive, he cares, plays hard.“You read stuff and in the past it wasn’t necessarily that way. But from what I’ve seen he’s been good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error