This weekend was surreal. From the absurd media coverage (ourselves included) and the remarkable series sweep, nothing seemed ordinary.
There was a lot that happened. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his major league debut, the Toronto Blue Jays kept up their hot streak with nine wins in their last 12 games, they walked off twice — including an epic come-from-behind victory on Sunday — and multiple players had their own day in the sun.
Of course, though, the story was Guerrero’s debut. Here’s the tweet-by-tweet account you probably don’t need.
The Blue Jays kicked things off by officially calling up Guerrero and sending Richard Ureña down to triple-A Buffalo. Guerrero walked into the Rogers Centre around noon, surrounded by an entourage. His wardrobe choice did not go unnoticed.
Next stop: The press.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrives to meet the media.— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) April 26, 2019
“I want to thank God. I want to thank my family, my people in the Dominican Republic, and of course the Toronto Blue Jays organization for giving me the opportunity to play the best baseball in the world.” #BlueJays pic.twitter.com/PSecFMxYPu
Wilner asks how Vlad found out he was going to the major leagues.— BVH (@BVHJays) April 26, 2019
Vlad: "Bobby Meacham called me to his office. He told me I need to work on my defense."
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on how he learned plate discipline: “When I was 7, I swung at a ball in the dirt and it hit me in the nose. I don’t swing at those anymore.”— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) April 26, 2019
Don’t forget some player shenanigans.
When Vladdy left the clubhouse Biagini pointed and hollered at the media "He's going that way!" https://t.co/LbcCiA2Ebe— Nick Ashbourne (@NickAshbourne) April 26, 2019
Then Vladdy took the field.
Vladdy, Jr. steps into the cage to bunt at a couple of pitches and the couple thousand fans inside go nuts (#Bluejays opened the gates an hour early today).— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 26, 2019
Rowdy Tellez, out fielding the bunts, doffs his cap and waves to the crowd.
The Prime Minister himself weighed in on the game.
Tonight’s the night @vladdyjr27! Canadians across the country will be watching your first major league swings for the @BlueJays. Your dad inspired so many Canadians, and your passion, work ethic & love for the game make all of us proud. Good luck tonight! #LetsGoBlueJays https://t.co/3dTaoaH0gI— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 26, 2019
Then the game.
I loved Vlad Sr.'s reaction so much. He's your typical baseball dad here. pic.twitter.com/zXzcYqcUgq— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) April 27, 2019
Vladdy does it on defense, too. pic.twitter.com/N5EFNrRXSN— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) April 27, 2019
I simply adore @jonmorosi but, in this instance, as #VladdyJr dumps Powerade on Brandon Drury during his MLB Network postgame interview, I’m confident in saying... better you than me, JP pic.twitter.com/2T0Faxw1oH— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) April 27, 2019
Was it worth the three-week, time-manipulating wait? Probably not. But at least we got a few good tweets.