Vernon Wells has always been one cool, laid back cat.

Few, though, figured that Wells would have orchestrated such a dramatic return to the building where for the 12 preceding years he patrolled centre field with such grace and elegance.

Having been traded away to the Los Angeles Angels back in January, Wells was making his return to the scene of the crime, as it were.

Batting sixth in the Angels lineup Friday night, Wells made it to the plate with two out and nobody on in the second inning. What followed was unexpected and pure theatre.

A figure of derision for most of his final two seasons here, the crowd of 24,731 turned in his favour at his comeback as they stood and gave him a long, loud and heartfelt ovation.

"I don't know," Wells said prior to the game when asked what he figured the crowd reaction would be. "It could be a mix of both (cheers and boos). One thing I've learned is you can't control that. I feel like I left on good terms. Hopefully it will be a good reaction. If not, then I'll get in the box and try to hit a homer."

It turns out Wells was right on both counts.

The reaction was terrific. Then once he stepped back into the box he ripped at the first pitch from Brandon Morrow, hit it on the screws, and lifted it over the fence in left-centre for his 17th home run of the season.

"It's fitting," Morrow said of the Wells home run. "He had a great career here and gave the fans a little something."

For Wells, it was the stuff of dreams in a game the Angels would go on to win by a 5-1 margin.

But it didn't stop there as in the bottom of the third, Wells picked up a ball that Jose Molina had hit off the wall in centre and bounded by Peter Bourjos and threw a strike to third to nail the Jays catcher.