Watching Vladimir Guerrero Jr. compete in this year's Home Run Derby was a surreal experience for anyone that remembers his father's days in the league.
But it was especially surreal for Red Sox great Pedro Martinez, who has known the 20-year-old slugger since he was a baby and just so happens to be his godfather. Martinez was teammates with Guerrero Sr. for parts of two seasons with the Montreal Expos in 1996, and the Dominican duo has maintained a close bond ever since.
Tuesday on MLB Network's "High Heat," Martinez described the emotions of watching Vlad Jr. go from being a baby in his arms to a star on MLB's biggest stage.
"It's like I have my own kid competing against someone else, and I couldn't hold the emotions," Martinez told MLB Network's Chris Russo. "I was really happy. I found myself yelling and kicking and screaming because I never felt so close to another person competing like I did ever before.
"It was weird. I saw Vladdy play, but I mean, Vladdy Jr. was like the baby I had in my hands, and he's a big boy. Now I cannot even lift him up."
Martinez didn't just get to watch Vlad Jr. compete in the Derby, he got to watch him put on a show. The Blue Jays rookie totaled 91 homers and defeated Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson in an epic second-round showdown before falling to Mets rookie Pete Alonso in the final round.
Although he didn't get to see Vladdy win the $1 million prize and hoist the Home Run Derby trophy this time around, there's no doubt Martinez will get plenty of chances to cheer his godson on in the years to come.
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