Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Puts Stamp on TD Ballpark

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Perhaps, a new star in the sport of baseball has blossomed and is being born for the Toronto Blue Jays in the form of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  Remember, the Blue Jays begin their 2021 season playing in Dunedin which is usually their Spring Training home.

Therefore, their game on Thursday night when they welcomed in Mike Trout and the Anaheim Angels marked their first regular season contest with their official home being TD Park in Dunedin.  While Guerrero Jr. has already homered in the Bronx and checked that off his list, he christened the Blue Jays’ new home with a big blast in the first inning of their first game at TD Park.

Thus far, Guerrero Jr. has not been able to string together a big game in terms of a linescore. While he’s contributed a lot thus far with some multi-hit games and getting on base, Thursday night was the first time he’s drawn blood in a game more than once when he singled in the go-ahead run later on in the contest.

In all, Guerrero Jr. is displaying what all the hype about all this time.

Still, the Blue Jays lost this game in 11 innings to the more experienced team and manager. Finally, Mike Trout hit career home run number 305 in this game off Ross Stripling. 

The Angels are off to a 4-2 start, and it should be noted that they have a different ‘feel’ about them in the early going of the 2021 season. For Toronto, they will look to Friday night to see if they can get back to the .500 mark after falling to 3-4. Cavan Biggio also homered in this game for the Blue Jays.