The conclusion of the MLB All-Star festivities last night saw the Toronto Blue Jays slugging first-baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a massive home-run, the 200th total in the All-Star game. The blast, along with an RBI groundout was enough for the Dominican native to be named MVP of the contest.
During the middle of the game, there was a pause for the many people who have had the difficult battle with cancer. The segment saw everyone in the stands, including the All-Star’s holding up signs with a loved ones name on it, as they Stand Up To Cancer. In a heartfelt moment for many, the eventual MVP’s card was flashed on screen.
His card was dedicated to former Notre Dame star and All-Star teammate Trey Mancini. Guerrero Jr. wasn’t the only one either, as Baltimore teammate Cedric Mullins did the same.
Mullins dedication should come as a surprise, but for Guerrero Jr. to recognize Mancini is special. They aren’t teammates, aside from this game, and there’s a language barrier as well, with the MVP not being very comfortable with his English.
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That didn’t matter at all as the sentiment from Guerrero Jr. speaks much louder than the fact that they can’t fully communicate with each other. In a night full of stars, this was a very touching moment.