Blue Jays' Tellez beaming with excitement as he returns to the Bay Area

Blue Jays’ Rowdy Tellez grew up in Sacramento and had lots of family members at last night’s game in Oakland.  AP

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OAKLAND — For Rowdy Tellez, Toronto’s budding sultan of swat, Friday’s visit to the Coliseum was as close to a homecoming as you can get.

Tellez is from Sacramento.

During his days in high school, Tellez played at the home of baseball’s A’s, stepping into the batters box and visualizing what it would mean if one day he’d be wearing a jersey for a Major League Baseball franchise.

As fate would have it, Tellez is a Blue Jay.

And with Toronto making its visit to the Bay Area, it marked the first time for Tellez to be back in Oakland as big leaguer.

“It’s obviously pretty exciting,’’ said Tellez in the hours leading up to first pitch. “This is as close to being. I’m going to have a lot of people here. That’s exciting. It’s a first in my pro career. I’m looking forward to it.”

Tellez couldn’t say precisely how many family and friends will be in attendance as the Jays play the host A’s three times this holiday weekend, but suffice to say there will be no shortage of Rowdy fans.

“I can’t say,’’ when pressed about the exact figure. “I wanted no say. My dad called the A’s and set up that way.”

If you thought the Jays were having a tough time attracting crowds, the A’s have played in front of a sea of empty seats at the antiquated venue.

Regardless, Tellez is embracing the return trip to what is an unofficial homecoming for the kid who was on Toronto’s opening-day roster following the trade that sent veteran Kendrys Morales to the Athletics.

Every now and then, according to Tellez, he’d venture from his home in Sacramento to watch the A’s in action.

The team he grew up watching was located across the Bay in San Francisco, home of the Giants.

“Probably been here 10, 12 times,’’ said Tellez of the Coliseum.

“I like Rowdy, I like him a lot,’’ Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of his young slugger. “He’s funny and he wants to play. And he’s got power. He’s been struggling a bit of late, but I’ve seen him hit.”

When Tellez was called up late last season, Montoyo was on the coaching staff in Tampa and witnessed the kind of power Tellez could wield at the plate.

SCOUT’S HONOUR

Every day, every stop on the road, the one constant has been the media’s pre-occupation with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

“I don’t know when he’s coming,’’ said Montoyo when the inevitable question involving baseball’s No. 1 prospect’s arrival to the big leagues was mentioned. “That’s what I like about it because I really don’t know.”

Even to an outsider meeting the affable Montoyo for the first time, one is immediately struck at his humility and honesty.

The Vlad watch will continue until the kid is ultimately called up, which could be as early as next week when the Giants come to town for a two-game series at the Rogers Centre.

“I’m not really lying or else you’d see my nose growing,’’ joked Montoyo. “I really don’t know the situation. I told my GM (Russ Atkins) to tell me if you know because I want to know.”

Montoyo hasn’t grown tired at answering the daily questions surrounding Guerrero Jr.

“That’s fine,’’ added the skipper. “He’s the No. 1 prospect in baseball. I get it, so have fun with it as well.”

FROM THE MOUTH OF VLAD

As the Jays were getting ready for the first game of their three-set against the A’s, across the continent Guerrero Jr. was holding court in Buffalo, where he told the assembled media that he’s feeling healthy.

Amid all this talk about his call-up to the majors, the kid’s focus is on triple-A Buffalo.

“I’m not frustrated,” said the kid of his current stint with the Bisons. “It’s out of my hands. I just continue to play 100% and when the time comes to get the call, I’ll welcome it.”

Guerrero Jr. is coming off a left oblique injury.

As for when he’ll get the call, Guerrero Jr. added how he’s had no talks with the Jays’ brass about a possible time frame, which suits him fine.

“You can see, it’s obvious that I’m ready,” said Guerrero Jr. “I can’t control what happens. I can only control what I can do myself.”

Once the Jays wrap up their series on Sunday, the team has an off day Monday before playing host to San Francisco and then Oakland.

The Jays return to California for a three-game set against the Angels.

The kid’s dad was enshrined in Cooperstown with an Angels jersey.

DOGG DAYS

Right next door to the Coliseum is the Oracle Arena, home of the two-time reigning NBA champion Warriors.

On Friday night, it was home to the legendary Snoop Dogg as the inimitable Dogg celebrated the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle.

Needless to say, the Dogg event created a bigger buzz than baseball and not unexpectedly a far bigger audience.

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