KANSAS METROPOLIS, Mo. — The well-known Kauffman Stadium fountains ran dry for Tampa Bay Rays slugger Wil Myers in his first game back since being traded from the Kansas City Royals in December. Hoping to hit a house run into the water beyond the outfield fence, Myers as a substitute went zero for four in an 11-1 rout by the Royals on Monday afternoon.
“We got crushed, but it surely’s cool to be back right here,” Myers stated, already seeming to let go of a nasty day on the workplace that included a pair of strikeouts.
Before the game, Myers was requested about reaching the fountains. Earlier in his profession, he asked that they be turned on for an look at the ballpark. He wanted to hit a home run that day, too.
“I undoubtedly want to get one in the present day,” Myers stated.
He flied to deep right-middle in his first at-bat towards Jeremy Guthrie, and that was as close as he’d get. Myers said his disappointing day against the Royals wasn’t as a result of he received too keyed up enjoying for the first time against his first organization, which traded him for ace proper-hander James Shields in what might be a franchise-defining deal for Royals’ GM Dayton Moore. Myers acknowledged that it was “completely different” playing this game, however it didn’t overwhelm him.
“I just had a nasty game. I am not seeing the ball properly proper now. I am just struggling,” Myers said. “I think it is simply going to come back when it comes. I don’t feel nice on the plate but that good feeling will come back in some unspecified time in the future.”
Rays manager mentioned the Royals “pitched him tough. And he’s simply been off for a couple of video games. It’s just bad timing… He’ll be nice.”
Myers came in batting302/.356/.472 with 9 homers, and his828 OPS ranks third in the majors among rookies. By those requirements, he also can be the most effective hitter on the Royals at age 22. Shields, who’s nine years older, has been every thing the Royals hoped for. To this point, it looks as if each side acquired good gamers, maybe just what they wanted.
The Rays are jousting with the Crimson Sox for first place within the AL East, and the Royals find themselves at the absolute edge of wild card competition. They have not made the playoffs since winning the World Sequence in 1985 they usually’re an enormous long shot right now. And, as Sam Mellinger of the Kansas Metropolis Star writes, if the Royals aren’t in the playoffs once more by subsequent season, and if Shields has moved on via free company, the subsequent GM shall be selecting up the pieces with Myers still slugging for the Rays.
The setting Monday, a make-up game played in the course of a sweltering weekday afternoon, in entrance of not quite 5,000 individuals, wasn’t the very best atmosphere to take fans’ collective temperature on Myers. Their reaction to him was barely noticeable — their reaction to something was barely noticeable — though Myers was able to hear some of them when he played defense.
“They have been form of carrying me out in right field,” Myers said. “I couldn’t actually make out a lot of it. Aside from that, it was tremendous.”
Back in Might, when the sport originally was scheduled, Myers hadn’t been promoted from Triple-A yet. So this was his first sport at Kauffman because the Futures Sport in 2012. That day, followers gave Myers a standing ovation — even when there also was a sense that the group might transfer him to another staff.
This time, could Myers really feel the collective angst of the Kansas Metropolis baseball fan base? Does he really feel like “the one who received away”?
“It was only a baseball trade,” Myers said. “I don’t know if people feel that way. It helped [the Royals]; They got two good pitchers [Shields and Wade Davis], so I assumed it was a good trade.”
Myers will get more probabilities to show it from his aspect. To the Royals, and at Kauffman Stadium, his nearly-dwelling park with the beautiful but elusive fountains.