Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s embarrassing hype quote for 2023 gives Yankees upper hand

Feb 20, 2023; Dunedin, FL, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27)
Feb 20, 2023; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays and their fans love their trash talk. For a franchise that hasn't been to or won a World Series since 1993 and has just four playoff appearances since then, you'd think they'd be blabbering like they had the Houston Astros' resume. You can see how exhausting it is to be a New York Yankees fan sometimes. Catching heat from everyone regardless of stature/reputation.

The chief instigator north of the border has been Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He's been one of the best sluggers in all of MLB but his team has nothing to show for it. Two wild card appearances in the expanded playoff field and a postseason-less 2021 with MVP candidate Marcus Semien in the fold.

But that hasn't stopped the 23-year-old from taking jabs at the Yankees whenever the opportunity arises (or, really, whenever he simply feels like it). He's also bragged on a grander stage, hyping up the Jays the last couple years ... but to no success.

Remember prior to the 2022 season he told everybody that 2021 (again, a playoff-less season) was the "trailer" to the upcoming Blue Jays movie? Well, the 2022 feature-length film ended with Toronto getting swept at home in the wild card round against the Seattle Mariners, in embarrassing fashion no less.

This time around? Vladdy is shelling up ... but is still seemingly teasing a hopeful result in 2023 with his latest comments. Went from saying the Yankees were the easiest team to beat in 2022 to refusing to express confidence possibly in fear of facing the backlash yet again.

Yankees know they have the upper hand after Vladimir Guerrero Jr's comments on Blue Jays

Yankees fans will gladly watch! 13 times, starting on April 21 in the Bronx. New York has a winning record against the Jays since Vladdy made his MLB debut and, since 2017, have been directly responsible for knocking Toronto down a peg in the division/playoff race.

At this point, any Yankees short film -- or even 30-second ad spot -- is more entertaining and successful than any Blue Jays "movie" since 2017. And with how frustrating/embarrassing the Yankees have been over that span, perhaps the Jays should know their role by now.

It seems Vladdy is getting there after being made an example the last few seasons, but it doesn't help that he's using colored golf balls when hitting the links. Total amateur move.

Off-balance swing, too. Hector, how is this a fire emoji when we have no idea where the ball went? No more usage of fire emojis until the Blue Jays win the AL East or advance to the ALDS. We don't make the rules.

You don't just skip to the Academy Awards after editing together a good trailer, do you?