The stars were out at Coors Field on Tuesday night for the MLB All-Star Game, but nobody shined brighter than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Guerrero Jr took home MVP honors in the Midsummer Classic for his 468-foot home run and two RBI night.
The solo home run in the top of the third gave the American League a 2-0 lead, and the squad did not look back, taking the contest by a 5-2 margin. Guerrero Jr. and his father Vladimir Guerrero Sr. became the third father-son combo to homer in an All-Star Game with Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. along with Bobby and Barry Bonds.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Big Night
Fernando Tatis Jr. was mic’d up on the FOX broadcast when Guerrero Jr. left the yard with authority. His reaction was priceless.
Tatis Jr. put his hands over his head and knew the ball was gone off the bat, stating, “Oh my word Vlad Jr., he just destroyed that ball.”
OH MY WORD VLAD JR.
He just destroyed that ball.
Tatis Jr's reaction 😂 He knew it was gone right away. pic.twitter.com/wLMff6XJZb
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 14, 2021
Game recognizes game, and this priceless exchange between two of the best young stars in baseball was a fantastic moment to watch. American League skipper Kevin Cash also praised Vladdy after the contest.
He said, “Everyone is talking about how good he is and how good he’s going to be. I’m not that thrilled that he’s going to be that good because he’s in our division. It’s a fun talent, and we’re all going to get to see it for many years.”
Guerrero’s second RBI of the night came on a ground out that was hit at 110 mph. This was no surprise as he ranked second in baseball during the first half of the season with 16 balls with exit velocities at 110+ mph.
Following the game, Guerrero Jr. said, “Dreams come true. Since I was a kid, I’ve been thinking about this moment. I’ve worked all my life very hard, and thank God it’s happening right now.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr: New MVP Frontrunner?
The All-Star Game does not affect the MVP race. However, everything players do during the season sways voters. Shohei Ohtani has been the favorite for American League MVP because he can hit and pitch. Nevertheless, Guerrero Jr. showed that he belongs in the MVP discussion following the All-Star Game.
Ohtani had a massive week in Denver, Colorado, competing in the Home Run Derby and batting leadoff for the American League. Juan Soto eliminated him in the first round of the Home Run Derby in an overtime battle.
This took a toll on his body, but he came back on Tuesday night and competed. Ohtani earned the win in the game with his 1-2-3 first inning on the bump. The hybrid athlete also grounded out, but he made history throughout the week.
Ohtani threw a 100 mph fastball to Nolan Arenado, and after the game, the Cardinal praised the pitcher.
He said, “I think he knew that I was his last batter or could have been his last batter if he got out of the inning, so he tried to hump it up a little bit. But he’s as good as advertised.”
The All-Star Game proved that the MVP race down the stretch between Ohtani and Guerrero Jr. will be exhilarating.