BY: John Mamola

Tampa Bay Rays fans have been swept away the past week as the debut of Wil Myers has taken center stage of our local sports landscape.  Myers made his home debut last night at Tropicana Field even more special by blasting his second career home run over the center field wall in his first at bat in front of the home faithful.  Rays centerfielder Desmond Jennings was a guest on WDAE’s The Ron and Ian Show and talked about Myers coming up to the big leagues.

“He can really run, he can play the outfield and he’s gets good reads on balls” said Jennings.  “He’s definitely deserving of everything he’s gotten.”

Myers was acquired by the Rays in a trade with the Kansas City Royals this past December which sent Wade Davis and James Shields to Kansas City.  Myers already paying dividends for the Rays has he’s batting .294 with two home runs and seven runs batted in during his first eight games in a Rays uniform.  Jennings said Myers is being smart by picking the brains of the more veteran players on the team.

“He’s definitely picking up information.  He’s going to the right people, he’s always around Evan (Longoria) trying to pick his brain and just see his thought process and things like that” said Jennings.

Jennings said that even though the team may be at the bottom of the current American League East standings, they are still in a good spot.

“We just want to be around at the end.   I feel like we’re in this position every year just lingering around then at a certain time we roll off a few wins and we’re right back at the top” said Jennings.  “We still feel good four and a half games out at this point, and this division right now is still there.”