Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his debut MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night. He also took the opportunity. Guerrero recorded a historic home run, won the game’s MVP, and had a blast along the way.
Guerrero’s home run, the 200th in All-Star Game history, came in the third inning against Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes. The explosion, which brought the American League to 2-0, left the bat moving at 110.2 mph and carried some 468 feet, according to Statcast.
Take a look for yourself at the beautiful pictures:
Voters deemed that enough to earn him the MVP of the Game title following the American League’s 5-2 victory. Guerrero, 22, is the youngest player to win the All-Star Game MVP title.
Guerrero’s home run also made him the second youngest player to leave the park in an All-Star game. He’s 22 years and 119 days old, while longtime Cincinnati Reds wide receiver Johnny Bench was 21 228 days old when he hit a home run at the 1969 Midsummer Classic, according to MLB statistics.
Despite all the attention the home run will certainly attract, Guerrero had a few other notable moments on the night. In the first run he hit a rocket in front of Max Scherzer who cut a bit close for comfort. Guerrero, taking advantage of the relaxed environment offered by the All-Star Game, then hugged Scherzer on the way back to the shelter, as if to say “my bad guy, man”.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight another aspect of Guerrero’s night: his defensive glove. You can take a look below, but he features an image of him as a child alongside his father, Vladimir Guerrero Sr., both dressed in Montreal Expos uniforms:
Speaking of Guerrero’s dad, Vladimir Sr. won an All-Star Game during his illustrious career, with this bombshell coming up at Brad Penny’s 2006 Midsummer Classic. The Guerreros are the third father-son combo to win the All-Star Game, joining Bobby and Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.