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Wil Myers says he blew it

Oct 4, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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When Wil Myers suddenly gave up on David Ortiz‘s fly to the warning track in right in the fourth, it looked for all the world that he thought he was called off. Myers, though, said after the game that no one else yelled for the ball.

Myers’ explanation was that he saw center fielder Desmond Jennings out of the corner of his eye and figured it was Jennings’ ball. Myers, though, had the easier play on it. In fact, he seemed to have it all lined up until he suddenly put his arm down and took several steps forward, thinking that he was getting out of Jennings’ way. Instead, the ball dropped and bounced over the fence for a double.

Myers’ miscue gave the Red Sox runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth. They went on score five times in the inning, taking a 5-2 lead in a game they went on to win 12-2.

  1. theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Kid is young.Stuff happens. He didn’t let 12 runs in, so it’s hardly all on him.

    • raysfan1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Very true

      • theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        I give him a lot of respect for being a man and saying he messed up. many don’t.Kid is a real talent in addition to being stand up.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    James Shields would have made that catch.

    • kingscourt25 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      – Dayton Moore

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    I already had a ton of respect for this kid, even as a Sox fan, but to not cave under the pressure and go the easy route, and to admit it was just a mistake was huge of him, and just proves the character player he seems to be. I really feel like this kid has an old school mentality.

  4. joestemme - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    It was a 10 run blow-out. Yeah, yeah, “momentum”, “game-changing play” and all that, but, give the kid a break.

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