Like father, like son: Vlad Guerrero Jr. shines as All-Star
American League's Vladimir Guerrero Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays, runs out his solo home run during the third inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, July 13, 2021 11:44PM EDT
DENVER (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero Jr. admired his 468-foot screamer for a moment before bouncing into his triumphant home run trot at the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays slugger crushed a slider from Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes in the third inning that almost cleared the left field bleachers at cavernous Coors Field.
Gone in a heartbeat.
NL shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. immediately put his glove on his head and slowly turned around to watch the ball leave the yard.
“Wow,” Tatis said. “It was a moonshot. It was something impressive. He's been doing it all year. Why not show it off here?”
Guerrero, whose father homered off Brad Penny in the 2006 All-Star Game, put the American League ahead 2-0 with the shot into the last row.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Guerrero has 28 homers in 2021.
His solo shot off Burnes was the longest homer at the All-Star Game since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
He added a run-scoring groundout in the fifth that made it 3-0.
The AL won its eighth straight All-Star Game 5-2.