I’m a little late getting to this, I know. But indulge me.
A couple weeks ago, Dmitri Young and Tigers manager Jim Leyland got into a bitch-fest in the media. Young expressed his anger that the Tigers cut him loose after a season spent mostly in a drug treatment program and Leyland fired back, saying Young had made his own bed. It seemed like litter more than a case of “he said/he said.”
But today, a story in the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals, who signed Young in offseason, have told the switch hitting 3B/1B that he must lose some weight before they will let him play in a major league game.
From the WaPo:
Acta said, “We’re looking for some offense.” That could bring Young into the equation, because while [Travis] Lee was hitting .224 and getting released by Tampa Bay last year, Young hit seven homers in 48 games before he, too, was released by the Tigers at least in part because of legal problems in which he was charged with choking his girlfriend.Acta said he gets regular reports on Young. “I do know that he’s getting in better physical shape,” he said.
Just to review, Dmitri Young missed much of last season because he was in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. During that time, he also racked up an assault charge for choking his girlfriend. And then, to top it off, he showed up for spring training too fat to compete.
How fat is Young? The article doesn’t say, but it’s worth pointing out that the bar isn’t set particularly high for first basemen. Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder is listed at 260 pounds and it’s a safe bet he actually weighs closer to 275. So if Young is too fat to play, he must be pretty damn porky.
Damn you Jim Leyland. Damn you straight to hell! I know you’re the one who made Dmitri drunk and fat. This has your fingerprints all over it. You and your entire cold-hearted Tigers organization.