ANAHEIM Vladimir Guerrero Jr. might not be having the season he wanted, or the one most Blue Jays fans expected, but the reigning Hank Aaron Award winner still knows how to draw a crowd.
When Guerrero arrived at the visitors dugout in advance of Thursday night’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, he was greeted by a sea of media. There were at least seven cameras documenting his steps and upwards of 30 reporters hanging on every word.
The attention was twofold. About half of those in attendance were from the Japanese market, seeking insight into what it’s like to step into the batter’s box against two-way star Shohei Ohtani, Thursday’s starter and the man who beat out Guerrero in a unanimous vote for last year’s MVP award.
The other half, mixed with a handful of Toronto reporters, were there to talk with Guerrero about his old stomping grounds. This is the city where his father spent six years of his Hall of Fame career, and the Angels logo is proudly displayed on the Cooperstown plaque of Vlad Sr. He remains a legend around these parts, just like in Montreal, and now his son gets to bask in that same fame.
“It makes me very happy,” the Jays’ Guerrero said through an interpreter when asked what it was like to make his return to Angel Stadium. “I’m very proud. Of course, I was here for a long time. I…