Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finally here and almost nobody is as excited as Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.
"It's going to be a great moment. I get goosebumps just thinking about it," Montoyo told ESPN's Marly Rivera. "We have been talking about this for a long time, and it's just so exciting that the moment is finally here."
Montoyo isn't tipping his hand just yet about where he'll bat the 20-year-old phenom Friday night in his debut against the Oakland Athletics, and he isn't hiding his excitement either.
"I am so happy. This was such an important moment, not only for the city of Toronto and for the Toronto Blue Jays but for our entire baseball community, that the No. 1 prospect in baseball will debut Friday. He is so talented, that the sky is the limit for that young kid. In my case, personally, I am just excited to see him play every day and see what he can do."
Starter Clay Buchholz agrees.
"I got to see a little bit of him when I was down there in Florida (while both players were rehabbing injuries after spring training). He's pretty special," Buchholz said after Wednesday's game.
Marcus Stroman will get the ball for Toronto, while righty Mike Fiers will counter for the visiting A's. Toronto will continue the series throughout the weekend before beginning a six-game road trip in Anaheim starting on Tuesday.