State of the Rays: Wil Myers gets week of firsts with Rays

Wil Myers got a week of firsts on the road before heading back to Tampa to make his home debut.

— Wil Myers (@wilmyers) June 23, 2013
The week of Wil Myers included quite the introduction. Visits to Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium are something the 22-year-old will not forget any time soon, and if his career evolves into one of the best the Rays have seen, his opening games in the majors will be remembered with “Remember when?” and “Where were you?” nostalgia.

There is a fleeting power that comes with first-time feelings that cannot be reproduced, and Myers lived his within some of the largest spotlights possible.  

Still, this week will present more firsts for him. He will make his home debut Monday night at Tropicana Field against the streaking Toronto Blue Jays.

Finally, the whispers and social media buzz have given way to in-the-flesh visions of seeing Myers work. He is no longer potential or possibility. He is here. Yes, he has seven games in the majors to his credit after the Northeast swing.

But for the first time, he will play in his new stadium, before a fan base eager for his promotion since he joined the Rays’ system last December. Welcome home.

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