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Dodgers News: Kobe Bryant Accepts Yasiel Puig’s Challenge To Play One-On-One

Kobe Bryant, Yasiel Puig, 2018 World Series
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For Game 4 of the World Series, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his family paid a visit to Dodger Stadium to watch the Dodgers take on the Boston Red Sox.

The Dodgers wound up losing after blowing a 4-0 lead going into the seventh inning, but the game was still an enjoyable one for Bryant and his family. One memorable moment came in the sixth inning when Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run off Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Puig knew it was gone right when he hit it and gave a majestic bat flip. In the background, Bryant rose from his seat and can be seen celebrating in the first row behind home plate.

Puig is a big Lakers fans who is often seen sitting courtside at Staples Center. That is where he was the night before Game 4, and he apparently had a conversation with Bryant that fueled his home run.

One of my best memories of the 2018 season with one of my idols.@kobebryant you still remember what I asked you at the Laker game the other night? I hit that one out of the park bc i remembered your answer. Thanks for the challenge & priceless inspiration. Now let’s play 1 on 1 pic.twitter.com/w5C5jhsCVg

— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) October 31, 2018

Bryant then responded, accepting Puig’s challenge to play one-on-one:

While the season obviously didn’t end how Puig had hoped, he did pass Andre Ethier in postseason games played as he is now the Dodgers’ all-time leader at 58 games.

He will continue to use whatever advice Bryant gave him as fuel to get back to and win the World Series next year, but in the meantime, perhaps they can televise the one-on-one game between two of Los Angeles’ biggest stars?