As a part of the 2023 Winter Tour, the Toronto Blue Jays visited a Toronto-area school and met with local fans of the club.
During an open mic session in which fans could ask the Jays player panel questions, one young fan asked the group, "which team is the easiest to play against?".
Without fail, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grabbed the mic and said "the Yankees!" with a huge smile on his face, a response that was met with loud applause and cheers.
This is far from the first time that Guerrero has made public comments towards the Yankees. Earlier in the offseason back in November, he told El Dotol Nastra that he likes to play in New York, but only to kill the Yankees. He went on to say that he would "never sign with the Yankees, not even dead."
While we are totally here for Vladdy sticking it to the Yankees, this could be a dangerous game that he's playing in the press. Should the 2023 season see the results go the same way in Jays vs. Yankees games as 2022, Yankees fans will be sure to let everyone, especially Vladdy, hear about it.
Last season, the Blue Jays managed to go just 8-11 against the Yankees in the regular season. However, Guerrero continued to be a thorn in the side of the Yankees and he is now a .289 hitter with 13 home runs and 41 RBI over the course of 65 games in his career against the club.
On top of all of the this drama, Jays ace Alek Manoah also said to the media earlier this offseason that Yankees starter Gerrit Cole is the biggest cheater in today's game, referring to Cole's use of "sticky stuff" on the mound.
While all the trash talk is great and some may not be all that lighthearted, the Jays need to make sure to put their money where their mouth is and come through on the field. If Vladdy continues to mash against the Yankees, he'll add his name to the list of the most (in)famous Yankees killers alongside David Ortiz and Jose Altuve, to name a few.