Young is a AAA ballplayer in the Tampa Bay chain. He was given an open ended suspension yesterday for flipping his bat at the home plate ump and hitting the ump in the chest with the bat. This after Young was unhappy being called out on strikes and wouldn't leave the box.
Normally I wouldn't blog about something like this, but I've got a Delmon Young temper story. At the Fall League in 2004, Sandra and I were sitting at the ball yard with some old friends of mine from the bleacher days, John and Diane.
Young was playing in the Fall League that season, and he was at the plate. He was not happy with the home plate ump's strike zone and when he was called out on strikes, (sounds familiar doesn't it) he had a hissy.
He was cussing the ump out and telling the ump he was "going to kick your ass." (I'd have tossed him right there) Note that at the Fall League (the best baseball expierence ever) you can sit wherever you want and we were in the lower deck, about 5 rows up. We, as well as everyone else, could hear every word.
In the middle of the tirade, I said quite loudly, "Aw hell, Delmond, you're not going to kick anyone's ass. You're going to take your sorry ass back to the dugout and find a seat." We laughed a bit as Young turned his attention to me and told me "you're next." Hell, I laughed out loud at that, which only fueled the fire.
Young has a million dollars worth of talent and a ten cent head. Guys with a temper like this are easily taken out of their game. I'd give my right arm for that kind of talent. I guess God works in mysterious ways.
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