In his first plate appearance at the Rogers Centre in his first trip back with his Angels teammates, Vernon Wells captured the moment forever in an emotional snapshot, homering to centre field on the first pitch he saw from Brandon Morrow. The unexpected blast gave the Angels a lead they never relinquished, on the way to a 5-1 victory. Who knew Wells had that flair for the dramatic? Earlier in the afternoon, the 32-year-old former Jays' first-round pick in June '97 addressed the local media, unsure what the reception would be from a fan base that has been known to boo him, even in the uniform of the home team, when things weren't going well. He was philosophical about it. "Anything you can't control, you try not to worry about," Wells said. "There were good times in this city, there were bad times, but over the course of my career, I felt like I left on good enough terms where hopefully, it will be a good reaction. If not, I'll get in the box and try and hit a homer." Say what? That rationalization was uttered before the game. The Jays organization did its best to ensure any booing was at a minimum, presenting a nice five-minute pre-game video tribute to Wells and his wife Charlene on the big screen in centre field. They had asked Wells to do an on-field presentation, but he told them he would rather be low-key and let the spotlight shine on family.
Wells shows flair for dramatic in Toronto return
Toronto Star | Aug 13