We were waiting for so long and it seemed like no end was in sight. As Wil Myers dominated Triple-A pitching, the Rays’ offense continued to impress as well and we never got the feeling that the Rays felt like they needed Myers. And then on Sunday, it happened. The Rays called up Myers and Myers couldn’t be any more thrilled.
“It’s very exciting,” Myers said Monday night, while standing near the airport taxi stand. “Everything I’ve worked for all my life is finally coming true.”
All the focus was on the Rays regarding the Myers situation–how much he could help them, how much they were losing by keeping him in the minor leagues. But it had to be quite a mental toll for Myers as well. He was coming off a season spent primarily at the Royals’ Triple-A Omaha affiliate that saw him hit .314 with 37 home runs yet he just could not crack the Rays’ major league roster. He had to wonder whether the team thought he wasn’t good enough and whether he had met expectations since the Rays made the blockbuster trade that acquired him. Everything was validated, though, when Myers finally got the call.
“I really felt good the last homestand,” Myers said. “I felt good at the plate, I was recognizing pitches early. I was laying off good pitches, all out of the strike zone, I felt like a big-league hitter at the plate. It was one of those things that once the Rays saw I was ready, it would be time.”