Blue Jays beat Rays in front of the new kids

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (left) is congratulated by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion...

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (left) is congratulated by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion after scoring against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sept. 2, 2014. (KIM KLEMENT/USA Today)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey spent the early part of their first day in the major leagues shagging baseballs in the outfield and trying to make sense of how far and how fast their careers have taken off.

In 2012, when they were waiting for their minor-league assignments, they came down the road from Dunedin to Tropicana Field as spectators to watch and dream. On Tuesday, they were part of a 10-man September roster expansion. Both of them rocketed through three minor-league levels this season to get here.

“Just how far we’ve come, it’s surreal,” said Pompey. “We were in the outfield today and we were like, ‘We were sitting up there in extended spring training watching these guys and now we’re on the field (with them) and on the team, so it’s pretty special.”

Norris remembered it the same way.

“Literally only a year and a half ago we were coming out here to watch the varsity play, as we called it, and now we are the varsity. So it’s pretty cool.”


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