Vernon’s Homecoming Party

When Vernon Wells returns to his hometown of Arlington Texas tonight, he will enjoy seeing some familiar faces in the stands at Rangers Ballpark.

One of those familiar faces will likely be his father, Vernon. Wells is the third generation of Vernon’s within his family, so technically he is Vernon Wells III. Wells undoubtedly discovered his love of sports through his father, who dabbled in baseball and football, spending some time in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders.

Vernon Jr. is also quite the accomplished painter. Just check out his website for a portfolio of some of his beautiful oil paintings that truly capture the essence of the game of baseball. He has become a critically acclaimed sports artist who is very well respected within the industry.


Along with his family and friends, Wells III will also be looking to seeing his friend and fellow major leaguer Michael Young. Along with Cesar Izturis, Wells and Young got their first crack at professional baseball playing in St. Catharines for the New York Penn League. The two have remained friends to this day, even though Young was traded to the Rangers back in 2000.

Although they might not necessarily be under the circumstances that Vernon would have liked, tonight will be his homecoming party and hopefully he can show his family and the Blue Jays that he’s worth $126 million.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

5 thoughts on “Vernon’s Homecoming Party

  • August 31, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I checked the Vegas lines for this four game series at Texas. The over under on the number of times we will see Vernon Sr. with his palms up after a Vernon Jr. strike out is at -4.5. Place your bets now before the line moves up!

  • September 1, 2009 at 1:17 am

    V-Dub must have been listening/reading because he already has a triple tonight. Sweet!

  • September 1, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Vernon is always good for one superman catch per year and he finally used up the quota tonight. So good to see the Vernon Wells III of old.

  • September 1, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    BK, I think that was easily Vernon's best catch of the year. I had flashbacks to his Gold Glove days after that happened!

  • December 25, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
    And you et an account on Twitter?

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