Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Doubles in Debut as Blue Jays Collect Walk-Off Win vs. A's

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 27, 2019

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 26: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays smiles as he takes grounders at third base during batting practice prior to MLB game action against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre on April 26, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The day Toronto Blue Jays fans have been anticipating for a long time arrived Friday when top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. played a key role in a 4-2 walk-off win.

After the A's tied the score at two in the eighth inning, Guerrero's first career hit was a leadoff double off Yusmeiro Petit in the bottom of the ninth that set up Brandon Drury's game-winning homer with two outs.

The 20-year-old did plenty to send the Rogers Centre crowd into a frenzy on multiple occasions before leading off the final frame with a double. He finished 1-for-4 and a double before being lifted for pinch runner Alen Hanson. 

Before putting on his Blue Jays jersey for the first time in a regular-season game, Guerrero honored his father with his choice of attire walking into the stadium:

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo didn't have any problem putting his young superstar into the heart of the order right away:

The first bit of electricity came during batting practice when Guerrero's vulgar display of power nearly shattered a few windows just beneath the third deck in left field:

After the game started, Guerrero received an ovation fit for a king before his first at-bat:

One easy takeaway from each of Guerrero's plate appearances Friday is how hard he hits the ball. It's not a new development, but he made two loud outs in his second and third at-bats that nearly left the yard:

Even when Guerrero hits the ball on the ground, it doesn't take long for it to get where it is going:

MLB Pipeline even had fun with the Blue Jays' talking point that Guerrero needed to spend more time in the minors to work on his defense:

Going back to the crowd reaction, it was apparent how the Blue Jays fanbase rallied around a young man still in the early stages of his career and how important the Guerrero name is to baseball aficionados in Canada:

This was the first step in what everyone expects to be a long, prosperous journey for Guerrero in Toronto. Despite his youth and all of the pressure put on his shoulders to carry the franchise, he looked poised and confident throughout his debut to help the Blue Jays get a dramatic win. 

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