A group of fans were heckling Puig during his second-inning at-bat, and after hitting a home run, Puig motioned to the fans as he was headed back to the dugout.
"I reacted that way and stooped to their level," Puig said following Tuesday's game through a translator. "It happened suddenly. It's something that came out. There's really nothing I can do at this point."
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who had a 10-year Major League career as an outfielder, experienced his fair share of heckling. He said that players can take it one of two ways: having fun with it or acting emotionally.
"I talked to him today, and it was just something that he wishes didn't happen," Roberts said. "It was a reaction of emotion on his part and bad judgment. I've just made it clear that I want to talk about all of our players in the context of what they do on the field and not off the field. He understood how I felt. It won't happen again."
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Dodgers on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.