On the Rays’ off day on Thursday, Wil Myers made the 130-mile trip south of Tampa to see his younger brother, Beau, play baseball at Terry Park. While most people were there to watch some of high school baseball’s finest players participate in the 16u Perfect Game World Series, heads still turned when major league rookie sensation Myers appeared at the ballpark.
Wil looked on as Beau played for Dirtbags Baseball, a team from North Carolina that Wil also played for from 2007-2008. Jeff Dahn of perfectgame.org caught up with Wil to discuss his major league career and his time with the Dirtbags.
“It’s been pretty cool just to be able to be called up to the big leagues and play on a good team; I’m having a good time,” said Myers. “The guys are great in the clubhouse and it’s just a lot of fun. They keep it loose in there and Joe Maddon does a good job with everything there.
“Obviously, the winning helps,” Myers added. “We’re just playing well right now — our starting pitching has been great, we’re getting timely hitting and our bullpen is coming in and shutting the door — and everybody’s doing their jobs and we keep winning.”
When asked about his days playing for Dirtbags Baseball, Myers answered, “I had never played with a team where I had more fun playing baseball than this.
“All the guys on the team were great, the coaches they do a great job and they keep it loose, and [coach] Andy does a great job with what he does. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing baseball at that age.”
In 2008, when Myers participated in the Perfect Game National Showcase in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, perfectgame.org predicted that Wil would be taken in the first round of the MLB amateur draft the following year. Although Kansas City selected Wil in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft, he continued to live up to the hype surrounding him while playing in the minor leagues.
Now that it’s Beau’s turn to represent the Myers family in his second Perfect Game event, he told Dahn, “It was a good experience playing in my first Perfect Game tournament, and I really enjoyed it.
“I had a good time with the team and we had real good competition…I really like it; we have a good group of guys here and we get along with each other.”
Beau went on to discuss how much he looks up to Wil, by saying, “He’s my role model and I really love him a lot. It’s hard to put into words how much I love him; he’s my role model and I try to be just like him. We have a really good relationship … and as we’ve both gotten older and matured we’ve gotten along even better.”
Dahn asked Wil what he thinks of his younger brother’s talent, and Wil responded, “I just tell him to keep working hard.
“I’ve noticed a huge difference in his game in just the last three months; he’s really stepped it up. I can tell he’s having a lot of fun and he’s doing a good job here with the Dirtbags. Hopefully he can go out and play in front of some scouts and see what happens after that.”
While both brothers are enjoying their summer by playing baseball, Wil expressed how much he enjoys playing Major League Baseball.
“Being in the big leagues is pretty cool,” Myers said. “I’m pretty happy with my progression so far.”