Myers back at Fenway

To Wil Myers, Fenway Park isn’t just the place he got heckled in the playoffs last year, but also the place he made his Major League debut earlier in the 2013 season. He was the American League’s Rookie of the Year, though Boston fans remember him most warmly for losing sight of a flyball by David Ortiz in Game 1 of last year’s playoffs.

“Yeah, it’s good to be back here where I made my debut. But I’m excited to get back here after the playoffs,” said Myers. “As bad as it was last year, it was kind of a cool experience to have all of the Fenway faithful chanting my name. So that was kind of cool. Obviously, it sucked that it happened. But the whole stadium cheering my name was kind of cool.”

Throughout Games 1 and 2 of last year’s ALDS, Fenway fans taunted the young outfielder with “Myers, Myers, Myers.”

Myers had a humorous tweet commemorating his trip to Boston. “Where everybody knows your name.

“I was just trying to make light of the things and just kind of move past what happened and looking forward to the game today,” said Myers.

Though Tuesday night’s game was set to be played under chilly conditions, Myers expected the Fenway faithful to light up at him given the chance.

“Absolutely. I think for sure they’ll cheer or chant my name — I don’t know about cheer. They’ll definitely chant my name tonight. It’s all in good fun. But we’re looking to come out tonight and win” Myers said.

Myers admits he underestimated just how strong the crowd reaction would be to his gaffe.

“Yeah, I was. I was definitely not expecting that. The fans here are smart baseball fans. They knew that play really turned the momentum. They’re smart about what they did.”

It was a tough offseason for Myers, he can now admit.

“To be honest, it stayed with me for most of the offseason, to know that play kind of turned the series, especially the momentum. It really made helped me work harder this offseason to get better. It’s definitely something I learned from, the playoff experience,” Myers said.

3 Comments

Has anyone ever wondered about the effect of gum chewing by our two young players on their ability to hit. It must distract them from their mental preparation and has the potential of being a major distraction when the need for intense mental focus is most important. Imagine if a bubble pops and sticks to the lips at the same time a pitcher is about to deliver his pitch? I think that most hitters want to focus as much as they can on the pitcher’s style and delivery.

Good thread Ian. Wish that your blog was as busy as it used to be!!

Hi, I was at that game!!! He was nice to the Fenway Fans signing for a lot of them before the game. There was cheers of Myers when a ball was hit to him. Red Sox fans are not going to let that one go for a while.
-Jacqui

http://fenwayballhawkblog.mlblogs.com

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