WATCH: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Painfully Watches Boston Red Sox Clinch the Wild Card Spot From Toronto Blue Jays

Published 10/04/2021, 5:47 AM EDT
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 25: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after grounding out in the first inning during a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)


Despite the heroics of star player Vladimir Guerrero Jr, the Toronto Blue Jays had to settle for heartbreak. In what was a rewarding yet heartbreaking outing, the Jays missed out on their chance to reach the play-offs, falling short by one match against the Boston Red Sox.

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Blue Jays performed exceptionally well in the wild card games, winning their last match against Baltimore Orioles. However, the Boston Red Sox won the spot, as they were one game ahead of Vladimir’s side.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looks numb!

On Sunday, Toronto Blue Jays left everything on the pitch, hoping to win their last bout for the wild card spot against Baltimore Orioles. Deservingly well, they cruised to victory, beating their opponents by 12-4. However, the Blue Jays had to cut short their celebrations as their rivals for the wild card spot, Boston Red Sox were competing in their last match against the Washington Nationals.

If Red Sox would have lost the match against the Nationals, Blue Jays would have got the chance to compete in the tiebreaker. MVP contender Vladimir couldn’t wait to hear the results as he watched the match live on the bench.

It was indeed a painful moment for the young player as he watched Red Sox clinch the match, thrashing Washington by 7-5, and take away the wildcard spot from the Blue Jays. Vladimir couldn’t even react, as he saw Red Sox’s Rafael Devers hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning, winning the match.

“It hurts,” says Vladimir

Vladimir had one of the best seasons of his career this year. The young star even broke the MLB record of most home runs by players aged 22 and younger. He did so by hitting his 48th home run on Sunday. However, he did all he could to give Blue Jays a ray of hope. Post that, their destiny lied in the hands of the Red Sox.

Sept. 11, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) hits a home run during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Kucin Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

In a post-match interview, Vladimir reacted to how he felt, coming so close, but not close enough. He said, “It hurts. Knowing that you win 91 games and you didn’t make the playoffs, it really hurts me, hurts all my teammates.”

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The 22-year-old further added, “Like I said before, that’s just gonna make me stronger. [I’ll] come back next year even better than this year.”

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While the Toronto Blue Jays’ campaign for this year is over, Vladimir is still in the race for the 2021 MVP award. Do you think he has a chance of winning, despite Shohei Ohtani’s incredible run of form?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. As her father was an athlete, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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