Yasiel Puig Hits 1st Home Run of 2014 Season vs. Padres

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 1, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 1:  Yasiel Puig
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Yasiel Puig's first home run of the 2014 season may not stop traveling until he hits his second. 

The powerful-yet-sometimes-polarizing right fielder crushed a towering shot off of the San Diego Padres' Ian Kennedy in the first inning on Tuesday afternoon, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers an early 2-0 lead. 

You can take a look at the majestic home run right here, courtesy of MLB.com.

ESPN Stats & Info gave some details about the bomb, although with the way Puig's home run carried to the moon and back before landing in the second deck, the final distance doesn't quite tell the whole story:

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 1:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Opening Day at Petco Park April 1, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty
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Last year's Rookie of the Year runner-up recorded just one extra-base hit in his first 13 at-bats of the season, and it was revealed that he was dealing with some inflammation in his back, but it sure seems like he's feeling fine now. 

Puig hit 19 homers and drove in 42 runs in 104 games last season, and as long as he stays healthy and out of manager Don Mattingly's doghouse, the 23-year-old is a strong bet to crush those numbers.