What a game for Chris Young at the plate on Tuesday night against his old ball club the Oakland A’s, as he launched two home runs to help lead the Mets 10-1 rout. It could have been assumed that his great game was a result of looking to save his job, but not even Young was made aware of that piece of information until Tuesday.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of it. Yesterday I didn’t hear anything so I wasn’t aware of it until just now,” Young told Kieran Darcy of ESPN NY on Tuesday regarding Adam Rubin’s story published Monday, that the team was considering releasing him. “It’s nothing that the team said, [so] I don’t feel like it’s anything to comment on. As a player, all you do is you show up and you get ready for that day. For today, it’s a game today, I’m in the starting lineup, and that’s what I’m trying to focus on.”
Terry Collins was also unaware of any news pertaining to a pending release of his center fielder, “I don’t know where those things start — it’s beyond me sometimes where information comes from. [Young’s] gonna play today, he’s gonna play tomorrow.” Collins told the media before Tuesday’ game.
As for the game itself, Young may have turned his season around with his two mighty swings of the bat, as he finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored, two jacks (5,6), two RBIs, a walk, and raised his batting average to .209 on the season.
“I Felt good, for myself and the entire team, it was a nice win against a really good ball club… We made him [Scott Kazmir] throw strikes, and put ourselves in good hitting counts,” Young told the media after the game.
With Juan Lagares set to come back from the disabled list soon, the outfield looks to be very crowded once again.