Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has gone from one of the most beloved young stars in the game to a certified troll, at least among New York Yankees fans. He’s been nothing but an agitator since bursting onto the MLB scene and his antics have been poorly executed.
There’s an art to being a heel. Tact is required. But Vladdy possesses none of that. He just blurts out anti-Yankees word salads at random times to get a rise out of New York and its fans, and it’s not even fun. This would be better if it were fun!
Of all fan bases in the sport, Yankees supporters welcome trash talk, as long as it’s respectable. As long as the party delivering it has the upper hand or, at the very least, a leg to stand on. Vladdy and the Toronto Blue Jays have neither, which is why this exercise gets more and more exhausting as time goes on.
At The Blue Jays’ Winter Tour on Friday, a young fan asked the panel of players at the event who the easiest team to play in 2022 was. After a few moments of silence, Vladdy called for the mic and delivered the most predictable answer possible.
“The Yankees.” Obviously, he knew it’d get an ovation out of the kids, but this is par for the course with his unfounded jabs.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. once again proves the Yankees live rent-free in his head
This has all really taken shape over the last six months or so, too. First came Vladdy’s walk-off single in Toronto that briefly prevented the Yankees from clinching the AL East on the Blue Jays’ soil … for a moment. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t seem realize all the Yankees needed to do was win one game of the three-game set to claim the division crown.
He ran around the field calling the Rogers Centre “his house” repeatedly after the victory in what was an embarrassing, try-hard display of showboating. The Yankees won the next night to seal the deal, and then won the following night with a skeleton crew “hangover” lineup as Aaron Judge bashed home run No. 61. Division title. Series win. AL HR record tied.
Then came after the season when Vladdy said the Yankees are “afraid” of the Blue Jays and don’t want to play them, before adding that he would never play for the Yankees. OK? Nobody cares? The Mariners swept you in the first round of the playoffs and you blew an 8-0 lead? Enjoy your little batting practice homers. Fire content. Never seen this before.
The nonsensical trash talk spread like a virus to loudmouth Alek Manoah, who called Gerrit Cole “the biggest cheater in the history of baseball” not too long ago. What’re we even doing here?
We buried the lede here, though. The Yankees went 11-8 against the Jays in 2022. Since Vladdy debuted in 2019, the Yankees are 35-32 vs Toronto. Nothing impressive, but Vladdy and his squad don’t even have a winning record against the “easiest team to face.” The Yankees eliminated them from postseason contention in 2021, too.
In short, while the Yankees have accomplished minimal against the Blue Jays since 2019, Toronto has somehow accomplished less. Yet they’re trying to relive the glory days of 2015 and 2016 when they still couldn’t even intensify this division rivalry anywhere close to Yankees-Sox levels. Hell, not even Yankees-Rays levels!
Find a new bit, Vladdy, because this one still hasn’t caught on. And it’ll take another few years to even have a chance, assuming you get every bounce imaginable.