Royals fans wear out Wil Myers

08/26/2013 6:10 PM

08/27/2013 8:54 AM

The turnstyle count showed fewer than 5,000 people were at Kauffman Stadium for Monday’s game.

Doesn’t mean it wasn’t a vocal group. Particularly those who were there to greet Rays right fielder Wil Myers, the former top Royals prospect.

“Yeah, they were kind of wearing me out in right field,” Myers said with a chuckle after the Royals’ 11-1 win over Tampa Bay. “Yeah. Other than that it was fine.”

Before the game, Myers admitted that it wasn’t just another game. After all, he was picked in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Royals and started raking immediately.

He was Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year last year.

The Royals traded him to Tampa Bay last December in a seven-player deal that brought pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City.

“I feel like it’s a little different than any other game, obviously playing against the team that drafted me,” Myers said before the game. “Obviously I want to win more than anything, but I’m just excited to be back.

“I played with (Eric) Hosmer, I played with (Mike) Moustakas a little bit. Just to be back here is pretty cool.”

After striking out twice and going zero for four, Myers’ average dropped to .296. But he wasn’t lamenting

“We got crushed, so it was tough,” Myers said after the game, “but it was cool to be back here and playing in front of these guys.”