ESPN the Magazine did a feature story on Evan Longoria, and if you missed it; there were some good quotes. The Mag picked an excellent time to do a story on this guy, because he’s raking everything thrown over the dish at the moment.
Longoria is currently hitting at a .358 clip with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. He’s 23 years old and has been in the big leagues for just about a year. After what he did in the postseason last year he was already on the map. Now he’s got a chance to become one of the legendary players in the history of the game if he can continue driving in runs at this Ruthian pace.
There’s a lot to like about this kid, but the biggest is that he isn’t a primadonna in the slightest.
“He impressed me from Day One,” says leftfielder Carl Crawford. “Somebody must’ve schooled him before he got up here, because he definitely carried himself well. If you’d watched him last year, you would’ve guessed that he’d been in the big leagues for 10 years. He fit right in. He doesn’t want to be the guy with a lot of talent everybody hates. It was refreshing to see someone with that kind of talent act that way.”
The Rays have assembled what should be the envy of every organization in the league who is rebuilding. At the centerpiece of that core is their star young headliner Longoria. The possibilities for this player and this franchise are endless, and he’s going to end up getting numerous posts on this blog because he’s going to be good for a long, long time.