Prince Fielder is paid handsomely to hit booming home runs.

But Tigers owner Mike Ilitch chose in January to wager $214 million — that's a whole lot of pizza! — that Fielder will be much more than that, specifically the missing piece of the puzzle that finally puts the Tigers atop the baseball world for the first time since 1984.

And while it's far too early to say, with any certainty, what the future holds — Fielder, after all, is just one ridiculously crazy weekend into his tenure as a Tiger — Ilitch's gamble has serious potential.

Fielder was front and center in all three Tigers victories over the Red Sox.