Move over, Mike Piazza. You have new company in the infamous Home Run Derby Donut Hole Club.
Just like the great Piazza did in 1993 and 1994, Yasiel Puig went homerless in the Derby. He had a monster shot to left in his final swing that went foul. That's about it for "highlights."
Seriously, it wasn't pretty. I had a bad feeling that Puig would either get hurt or barely hit any out by overswinging. Well, there aren't any reports of him getting hurt thankfully, but a lack of experience and most likely some nerves led to a goose egg.
Puig still brings a lot of eyeballs to the tube, so I wouldn't be surprised if he appeared in this again soon. Teammate Matt Kemp participated in 2011 during his monster season, and only hit two. He came back the next year and tried his luck again, and only hit one. That was kind of strange because at the time, he was recovering from injury and didn't appear in the All-Star Game. Guess he was healthy enough to hack away in the Derby, though.
Tonight is the All-Star Game, and Puig is hitting second for the National League. You know he has redemption in mind, so he'll be swinging away full force against Felix Hernandez. I predict either a home run or a bad looking strikeout. Tune in and see for yourselves.