Delmon Young, Rays Ready to Fall in Love Again


We knew Delmon Young wasn’t going to stay single for long.

But when we cut him loose, we had no idea he’d go running right back into the arms of his first ex.

May 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Delmon Young (3) in the on deck circle during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Indians 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

In 2006, the Rays heard about a hot young firecracker in their minor league system who wasn’t afraid to throw his bat at an umpire if things didn’t go his way.  Believing they could take that power and harness it into their lineup, the Rays promoted him and in his first three at-bats, he was hit with the ball, struck out, and jacked a 412-foot home run.

And that was the story of Delmon Young.  Well, there was some other stuff.  He got traded to the Twins; and then the Tigers.  There was also an ALCS MVP award and some racial stuff.  But hey, what are the odds that makes it into the biopic?

Then came the turbulent times.  From mid 2013-to later in mid-2013, Delmon signed on with the Phillies, a team who was one overweight power source away from contending, and they’d get him, just as soon as he finished up his rehabilitation for committing a hate crime.  Which he did, leading to a multitude of thoughts on poop.

Sadly, things didn’t work out for the Phillies, and they were forced to let Delmon go in favor of not having him on the team anymore.  Now, the Rays have apparent interest in the prospect that stole their heart lo those many years ago.  And the Phillies, well… the Phillies will just have to sit there and watch as Delmon undoubtedly goes on a power surge that carries the Rays into the playoffs.

Does it hurt?  No.  It’s Delmon Young.