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.