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Just getting warmed up

Evan Longoria looks like a natural, but he didn't even get drafted out of high school

Updated: May 10, 2009, 3:49 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

This story was originally published in the May 18 issue of ESPN The Magazine

Step into the circle with Evan Longoria. It's an imaginary place he goes to before every pitch, a place where expectations and ramifications and past failures are not allowed, a place where the only thing that matters is the challenge before him. And his challenge right now, in the bottom of the ninth inning at Fenway Park in the Rays' third game of the 2009 season, is to do all he can, with his glove, ...

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Step into the circle with Evan Longoria. It's an imaginary place he goes to before every pitch, a place where expectations and ramifications and past failures are not allowed, a place where the only thing that matters is the challenge before him.