The same Saturday that Iron Maiden hit Toronto, Ontario for a tour stop; Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did a few numbers for the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays came from behind to shock the mighty Yankees in Toronto on Saturday.
Indeed, Teoscar Hernandez had a three-run bomb that was key. But the story would end up being about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at day’s end.
Guerrero Jr. had an afternoon. While it began slowly, it ended big. First, he began the day with a walk. In his third plate appearance he whacked a single off the left field wall. It was recorded as one of the hardest off the bat all year in baseball by Statcast.
Then, one of his finest pieces of hitting all year. I recall an at-bat this season where Adam Ottavino made him look like a minor leaguer with three pitches. This time around, Guerrero battled a little bit after falling behind in the count. In a knock reminiscent of his first in the show; he ripped it down the right field line for his first career triple.
His father was famous for hitting bad balls. I think this is very similar to his father in that he’s going to be able to poke balls with authority the other way and keep them fair – whereas most other hitters just try to spoil those pitches foul.