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Meet Vlad Guerrero Jr., he already owns baseball in Canada

Last Updated Apr 30, 2019 at 10:40 am EDT

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) hits a broken-bat single against the Oakland Athletics during ninth inning American League baseball action in Toronto on Sunday, April 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Sports can be cynical. The hype is almost always greater than the reality. But sometimes a kid comes along with a legendary pedigree, oodles of skill, charisma and a balance of veteran poise, raw talent and….we all forget about the many times we’ve been burned before.

This past weekend baseball fans met Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Finally. After a year of wondering when it would happen, the franchise saviour arrived in Toronto. And the extremely forgettable 2019 Blue Jays suddenly have a reason for fans to dream. What is it about this kid, in particular, that made the entire baseball world turn its eyes to a losing team to watch his debut? Where did he come from and why is everyone so damn sure he’s going to succeed?

GUEST: Ben Nicholson-Smith, baseball editor, Sportsnet, co-host, At The Letters podcast

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