Rookies say the darndest things.
Tampa Bay Rays rookie phenom Wil Myers is no different after expressing his thoughts on the latest unorthodox pregame visitor to the Rays' clubhouse.
Rays manager Joe Maddon had a 20-foot python named Asia visit the team prior to its Thursday night game against the Seattle Mariners. According to the team's official Twitter page, the python was brought into the clubhouse in recognition of the Chinese Year of the Snake:
A 20-foot python is in the Rays clubhouse today. Why? Because it's the Chinese Year of the Snake. Duh. pic.twitter.com/uM1jVy0Zut— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 15, 2013
Maddon and some members of the Rays gathered around and relished in the opportunity to encounter a reptile of such magnitude. They offered some good hospitality and raised it off of the ground for some photos.
Not surprisingly, not everyone on the team shared the same sentiment. Some, including catcher Jose Lobaton, wanted absolutely, positively nothing to do with a snake that large, assuming the size played a role at all.
Rays Index shared a view of Lobaton's countertop refuge from the slithering guest:
With a 20-foot python in the building, it's not surprising that some members of the Rays would participate in holding it and taking pictures while others would be deathly afraid. What was surprising, though, was finding one player who appeared to be disinterested.
That seemed to be the case with rookie phenom Wil Myers.
Prior to the Rays' victory over the Mariners, Myers was captured by the Rays' communications team looking less than impressed about being in the same room as an animal that's roughly 22 percent the distance from home plate to first base:
After initial review, the photo could be considered a still shot that doesn't tell the story and is misinterpreted since it lacks supporting evidence. However, the supporting evidence came directly from Myers' mouth following the game.
According to Dave Wirth of WTSP-TV, Myers told reporters that the snake in the clubhouse before the game was stupid, likely due to his lack of fondness for them:
There will be plenty who debate whether or not Myers' sentiment about the python is correct or wrong. Less debatable has been Myers' impressive start to his big league career. He leads all rookies with 37 RBI, even though he has only played in 47 games.
If Myers keeps up his offensive performance, he will have plenty of opposing pitchers feeling as uncomfortable about facing him as Myers was about facing a python named Asia.