Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the New York Yankees have had an up-and-down start to their season series in 2022. The highs for Vladdy have been exceedingly high. His three-homer game with a busted-up knuckle forced Gerrit Cole to tip his cap against his will, and his impressive stretch ended the seres finale in Toronto last week with a flourish (even though the Jays celebrated a little excessively).
The lows, though? The 2021 MVP runner-up lost a home series to the Yankees with plenty of late-game fireworks baked in. In Tuesday’s opener at Yankee Stadium, the whole Jays team lost their minds when reliever Yimi Garcia was ejected erroneously, and they attempted to use the remaining three innings as revenge … only to watch Aaron Judge walk off the 2022 AL Reliever of the Month for April, Jordan Romano.
Perhaps Gleyber Torres’ home run to the Little League Porch in right field was his last straw on Wednesday afternoon.
The dinger, which would’ve been a home run in six of the league’s 30 ballparks, bounced just over the wall. Guerrero came up the next half inning as the tying run with two outs, and it did not go particularly well.
Vladdy swung over a pitch diving low and away, and expressed frustration with himself, the Yankees, the umpires, and the whole damn establishment by going full Bo Jackson.
And when Vladdy snaps a bat over his knee, it looks a lot like you or I trying to rip a blade of grass.
Yankees’ Jameson Taillon got Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to snap his bat
Guerrero Jr. seems to finally be at the end of his rope, which is a place the Yankees’ rivals have forced them into far too often these past few years. It feels good to, at least in the early going, be on the other side of things.
Of course, an infuriated Guerrero Jr. will have more chances in Wednesday’s game to even the score. He might want to aim for the spot Torres reached earlier in the game, which seems fairly attainable. Here it is again, for posterity.
It counts! The homer counts.
Try not to spiral about it.