Tampa Bay's Will Myers Hits Season's First Inside-the-Park HR
They're rare, but each major league season features a couple of them.
And this year, Will Myers has the honor of being the first to really race around the bases to rack up a home run.
It was the third inning of today's game at Yankee Stadium. The score was 1-1. Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings and Evan Longoria were on base when New York ace CC Sabathia grooved one to Myers, who swung for the fences.
Or, more accurately, to the fences.
To paraphrase the insufferable Michael Kay, it was high, it was far, but it wasn't exactly gone:
This was the telling blast in the Rays' 5-1 victory.
It's not often that a blockbuster trade benefits all involved, but the December 2012 deal that sent Myers, the Kansas City Royals' top prospect, to Tampa Bay for elite hurler James Shields has been everything each team expected. Myers quickly became a fixture in the heart of the Rays' order, and Shields is the ace the Royals needed to compete for a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, back in New York, the Bombers must be wondering what's wrong with Sabathia. Today's loss puts him at 3-4 with a 5.75 ERA, and when Eric Bedard -- Eric Bedard! -- beats him, it's time to worry.
Sabathia can carry 300lb at 6-foot-7, and he says he weighs the same as last year but is more fit. If so, given his start to 2014, pizza lovers everywhere have a reason to rejoice.