Myers makes the rounds

I’ve always found it rather annoying when a baseball highlight show relies too heavily on the long ball. There is so much more involved — and exciting to watch — during, say, a 7-5 game than the third-inning homer that landed in the right-field bleachers. How about a sacrifice fly that results in a close play at the plate? What about when the shortstop was forced to charge the ball and make an off-balance throw to nab the speedy runner? What about the triple in the gap? Or better yet, the inside-the-park home run …

Personally, I would much rather see a full-speed trip around the bases than a slow, boring trot. Unfortunately, inside-the-park home runs are few and far between. In fact, the Blue Jays have averaged slightly less (28) than one per season over the last 30 years. The last one came on September 13, 2003 against the Baltimore Orioles at SkyDome. And it came from the most unlikeliest of sources …


With two out and Vernon Wells standing on third base in the fourth inning, catcher Greg Myers blooped a ball to center-field that fell in front of the charging Tim Raines Jr. Unfamiliar with the artificial turf, Raines came in too far only to watch the ball bounce over his head towards the outfield fence.

By the time he retrieved the ball, the 37-year-old Myers was chugging his way around third and heading for home. Quite possibly the slowest player on the ’03 team, Myers admitted after the game that his trip around the bases was a struggle. “I was in a fog (afterwards),” the Jays’ catcher said. “I laid down on the bench and heard everybody laughing. I guess it didn’t look too smooth.”

Trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, Alex Rios drives a bases-loaded double, scoring Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas … With a 5-4 lead in the seventh, Aaron Hill notches his third hit of the night — this time a two-run double — to account for the 7-4 Blue Jay victory … Gustavo Chacin picks up his first win of the young season, while B.J. Ryan collects save No. 3 … Sporting a record of 5-3, Toronto welcomes the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre tomorrow at 7:07 pm …

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