Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers cheers in the dugout after his team scored during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 6, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Yasiel Puig only has 12 home runs this season, but Troy Tulowitzki is smart enough to know that when it comes to the Tasmanian Devil, numbers don’t matter.
He added him to the National League bomb squad for this year’s Home Run Derby so fans who’ve never seen him can experience what all the hype is about.
Puig’s infectious personality and gaudy power should be on full display, as long as he doesn’t get any advice from Mike Piazza. Two derby’s, zero homers. The man who hit 427 career round trippers in the PED golden era couldn’t hit one 75 MPH hit-me-ball over the fence.
A fight that broke out during his interview at last year's derby is the only excitement Piazza’s ever been able to muster at one of those things:
I fully expect one of two scenarios to play out for Puig.
He could go all 2008 Josh Hamilton and turn Target Field into his personal driving range like Hamilton did to Yankee Stadium.
Or, he could pull a 2012 Matt Kemp and get geeked after going yard that one time.
Either way, given where Puig's come from, he should soak up every minute of it. He deserves it.