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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. caps spring training with walk-off HR ... in Montreal

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. caps spring training with walk-off HR ... in Montreal

With one familiar swing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gave baseball fans in Montreal fond flashbacks to the days when his dad was among baseball's best sluggers. His son, a 19-year old third basemen, may not play in the majors until the 2019 season but he is considered the top prospect in the Blue Jays organization so it wouldn't be a surprise if he gets called up sometime this season.

For their countrymen in Toronto, that mighty hack may have been a sneak peak at a promising future.

The mammoth blast several rows deep into the left-centre field stands allowed a crowd of 25,816 to bookend the Montreal-born son of the last great Expos star's visit with standing ovations.

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. celebrates his walk-off homer to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 yesterday in Montreal.

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He did so wearing his dad's No. 27 while in Montreal where his father played from 1996-2003. One fan waved a Guerrero Expos jersey as he celebrated. You don't see many celebrations at home plate in spring training games.

As the ball left the bat, a clear no-doubter, and before Guerrero even reached half way to first base, his good buddy Bo Bichette was uncontrollably bounding toward him like a hurdler that suddenly realizes he is on fire. "That was pretty neat". Guerrero's homer was only the Blue Jays' third hit of the game. "Of course having that chance to help the team win is something I'm always going to remember".

"These two days have been incredible for me", said Guerrero, who is slated to continue his development in double-A ball this season. Vlad, Sr. spent his first eight seasons as an Expo, making four All-Star teams, smashing 234 homers and driving in 702 RBIs before signing with the Angels in free agency. Guerrero Sr. was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame's latest class in January.

This is the fifth year that Toronto has capped its exhibition season at Olympic Stadium.


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