Though the Futures at Fenway event in Boston features two minor league games, the annual occasion was major enough to draw a combined attendance of more than 29,000 last weekend. That impressed Washington Nationals prospect Brad Meyers, who still had no trouble shutting down Pawtucket in a Syracuse win.
“The size of the crowd actually surprised me a lot,” Meyers said in a telephone interview Monday. “I think a lot of the fans trickled out after our game started, but it was a great experience.”
After the Binghamton Mets beat the Red Sox-affiliated Portland Sea Dogs in a Class AA Eastern League matchup, Meyers starred in the second game. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one run in six innings as he improved to 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 79 2 / 3 innings for the Chiefs.
Meyers, a fifth-round pick in 2007 out of Loyola Marymount, was not intimidated by Fenway Park.
“It’s still all the same to me,” Meyers said. “I was anxious a little bit, but it really just fires me up. I never really get nervous with baseball. Now if it’s public speaking in front of my whole class, that would be another matter.”
Shortstop Seth Bynum went 3 for 4 with two RBI for Syracuse.
Last year, Class A Potomac was scheduled to meet the Salem Red Sox in the Futures at Fenway, but the game was postponed and later made up in Salem, Va. In 2006, Potomac and the then-Astros affiliated Salem Avalanche met at RFK Stadium after a Nationals-Orioles game. A crowd of 4,368 watched a 14-4 Salem win.