There are few athletes that can energize a crowd the way Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did last night in his big league debut. Over the 40+ year history of this franchise, there have been some fantastic players for the Blue Jays, but never has this ball club had someone capable of creating the level of buzz that Guerrero generates.
Even in a league comprised of the very best, there are still few athletes with a capacity to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Mike Trout has that ability. As does Guerrero, who at just 20 years of age might already be the most exciting hitter in all of baseball.
At a time when strikeouts are at a record high, here is an old school type hitter that rarely strikes out and can hit for a freakish amount of both power and contact. I don’t know about you, but I don’t go out of my way to watch players like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton who possess superhuman power at the plate, but strikeout 30% of the time. I want to see players who can hit for AVG, mix in some power, and not strikeout so often. Guerrero is that exact type of player…and I couldn’t be more excited to watch someone so dominant, who also understands that hitting is about far more than just pure power.
Last night was just a little taste of what’s to come for the Blue Jays and their fans. The most exciting young player in the game has arrived, and he has friends (talented ones) down in the minors who plan on joining him very soon for what might just become another Golden Age of baseball in this country.
I always wondered how great it must have been to be a fan of the Chicago Bulls and have the opportunity to watch Michael Jordan on a nightly basis. Or how lucky the people of Edmonton were to have Wayne Gretzky doing his thing in the 80’s. These kind of athletes don’t come around very often, and with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays have that special kind of player who even the biggest stars in baseball will marvel at.