Guerrero pointed skyward after his third-inning homer, which landed deep in the left-center field bleachers off a hanging slider from Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes, who took the loss. Guerrero had told some Blue Jays teammates that he would win the M.V.P., but they could have predicted that, anyway.
“When he hit it, it was kind of like, ‘There it was, we were waiting for it,’” said Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette. “And then how far he hit it, that’s not really surprising either. He’s amazing. Big stages, he always does it.”
There were more highlights to follow — Guerrero’s R.B.I. ground out in the fifth extended the A.L. lead to 3-0; the Rays’ Mike Zunino drilled an opposite-field, second-deck homer in the sixth; and the Angels’ Jared Walsh, playing left field for the first time in the majors, made a sliding catch to end the eighth with the bases loaded.
But the M.V.P. was Guerrero’s all the way, a fitting capper for the player who received the most votes from fans. The kid who tagged along with his father to the All-Star Game is now the youngest M.V.P. in the game’s history.
“Dreams come true,” Guerrero said. “Since I was a kid I was thinking about this moment; worked all my life, very hard. Thank God it’s happening right now.”