Wearing his dad's No. 27, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. received a hero's welcome at Olympic Stadium
On Monday night, the Blue Jays lost to the Cardinals, 5-3, in an exhibition game played at Olympic Stadium, the longtime home of the Expos. For many Toronto fans, this was a chance to see their future in the present -- specifically, top prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, sons of former MLB stars Vladimir Guerrero and Dante Bichette.
In the seventh, Guerrero entered the game, replacing Yangervis Solarte at third base. This elicited a raucous ovation from Blue Jays fans.
Cheers of nostalgia. Cheers of love. pic.twitter.com/kVX2jiWYDS- Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 27, 2018
The ovation continued when Guerrero stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, as seen in the clip atop this post.
In that frame, Blue Jays fans witnessed at-bats from both Guerrero and Bichette (the team's top two prospects), and while they grounded out and lined out, it was an exciting moment nonetheless.
The elder Guerrero, of course, played eight seasons with the Expos at Olympic Stadium from 1996-2003, so the sight of his son back at the ballpark is pretty special.
Thank You for letting my son wear No. 27 https://t.co/ohbOBZgJxe- Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) March 27, 2018
It turns out, Guerrero Jr. was not originally supposed to wear No. 27 in the first place:
Vladdy Jr. said postgame that he didn't request his dad's number, but when he was packing for the trip to #Montreal, someone from the #Bluejays had already put the #27 jersey in his bag as a surprise. https://t.co/fnO7b00B0t- Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) March 27, 2018
That's just perfect.