His proud father beamed in the luxury box and fired off some very wholesome tweets about his son.Vladimir Guerrero Sr. seems like the nicest dad. pic.twitter.com/UibKerN2p0— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 27, 20191. Brandon Drury gives Guerrero winning startAfter Toronto pinch-ran for Guerrero on second base, Drury drilled a walkoff home run, allowing Guerrero to rush onto the field from the dugout to celebrate with his teammates.It was a near-perfect ending to his first taste of MLB action.VLAD JR. IS UNDEFEATED.pic.twitter.com/AAU4nlr7um— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 27, 2019 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. last year became the rare prospect to become a household name beyond his own fan base when he smashed 20 home runs across four minor league levels as a 19-year-old. The whole league sensed how special the Blue Jays prospect and son of Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero was.After a lengthy wait, his MLB debut took place Friday against the A’s. With the baseball world’s attention fixed on him, he came through with an important ninth-inning double in an entertaining Toronto victory. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNGuerrero’s father watched from a luxury box at Rogers Centre as his son started his career with a flourish. Here are the things that stood out most from Guerrero’s memorable debut:5. Blue Jays fans (and Guerrero’s father) provide warm receptionFrom supportive signs to a standing ovation before Guerrero’s first at-bat, the Rogers Centre crowd made the atmosphere electric.The announced attendance was 28,688, much more than Toronto’s average of 19,773 and the second-largest gathering of the season behind Opening Day.Welcome to the show, @vladdyjr27.pic.twitter.com/ycTf5cPsuc— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 26, 2019This is very Canada. pic.twitter.com/Yw2f5TxEFD— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 27, 20194. Eric Sogard temporarily steals show with leadoff home runBefore the game, we joked about Sogard being the real center of attention in Toronto’s lineup. He then started the bottom of the first with a home run off Mike Fiers — his second home run in a week. He has hit just 12 home runs in his career.It probably won’t be long before Guerrero passes Sogard on the home run leaderboard.Here’s a picture of a must-watch superstar and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. pic.twitter.com/SVkV3ZUhX1— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 27, 20193. Chad Pinder robs Guerrero, camera angle fools fansIt appeared for a moment that Guerrero’s second career at-bat would provide his first career home run.The infielder’s big swing and the TV camera panning way up toward the stands created an illusion of the ball leaving the yard, when, in fact, it tracked to the wall the whole way. Pinder, a utility player who was manning left field Friday, leapt to keep Guerrero from extra bases.Blue Jays fans would have to wait five more innings for the rookie’s first hit.NOT TODAY.Chad Pinder robs Vlad Jr. of extra bases.pic.twitter.com/zV8i2ljGFY— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) April 27, 20192. Guerrero delivers clutch ninth-inning doubleLeading off the ninth inning in a 2-2 game, Guerrero finally broke through, poking a Yusmeiro Petit pitch down the right-field line and lumbering into second base for a standup double.
Anna Marie SlackAnna Marie Slack, of Wellington, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield at the age of 81.Anna Marie was born the daughter of Clifford and Ruby (Woods) Metz on Wednesday, July 13, 1932 in Wellington.On October 14, 1951, Anna Marie and Harold L. Slack were united in marriage at the Oxford Baptist Church in Oxford. Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage before his death in March of 2009. To this union were born two children: Cynthia and Doyle. Â Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Vernon LeRoy Metz.Anna Marie was a materials manager for St. Luke’s Hospital in Wellington and retired after 26 years of service. In her free time, she was an avid quilter that loved giving to others. Anna Marie was dedicated to her faith and was very involved with her church. Above all, she loved her family and made sure they knew their importance to her whether they were young or old, near or far.Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Walker and her husband O.B. of Wellington, son, Doyle Slack and his wife Kris of San Francisco, California, grandchildren: Michelle Ward of Anchorage, Alaska and Jason Walker of Arkansas City, two great-grandchildren: Bryana Ward of Anchorage, Alaska and Estabon Walker-Avendano of Arkansas City and a sister, Mary Margaret Beatty and her husband Jack of Athens, Georgia.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Anna Marie will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the First United Methodist Church, Wellington.Interment will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington.A memorial has been established in her loving memory to the First United Methodist Church, 202 West Harvey, Wellington 67152. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.