PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Everything about Wil Myers spring will be a flash of light, a fleeting glimpse. Thats the way with hype, after all. Its a crack of thunder, an arousing welcome, before the sound gives way to silence and, eventually, normalcy.
The past two days, though, have been no time for perspective. Myers arrival at Charlotte Sports Park for spring training has given the Tampa Bay Rays a chance to dream about his tantalizing ceiling and, in turn, what it could mean for their future. This has been a sneak preview, a low-stakes handshake under palm trees, and both sides will learn more about the other in the coming weeks.
But consider the present, because its filled with interest and intrigue. The Rays spring handling of their possible star, the jewel of a six-player trade with the Kansas City Royals in December, is appropriate and wise. During the next six weeks, they will watch, wait, analyze and discover, with no intent to change what has made him a delicious talent.