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Delmon Young is motivated

May 1, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies v Cleveland Indians

Delmon Young does not care what I or anyone else who likes to poke fun of Delmon Young thinks. He got $250K for getting on a plane to Cleveland yesterday and may get millions for simply losing a moderate amount of weight — which, based on how he looked last night, he already has. His is a pretty good life when you stop to think about it.

But it’s not like he’s the worst caricature of himself that we haters have created. He is motivated, reports Ruben Frank of, and is ready to play right field for the Phillies tonight. The Phillies brass says a lot of good things about him. They’re really wanting this to work.

It’s kinda crazy to realize that Delmon is still only 27. That, combined with the fact that the last time he was really in shape — in 2010 for the Twins — he had a really nice year.  So no, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he produces this year. And maybe last night’s home run — and the fact that he didn’t ground out on any first-pitch swings — is a harbinger of things to come.


  1. ame123 - May 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    So lets see, 3 of the top laughing stock players on HBT are having excellent seasons: Wells, Betancourt and Michael Young. I think this is a reverse jinx attempt by Craig to try to prevent Delmon from joining that list.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      As a Phils fan for life, even I can say ” Dude ( or Dudette ), it’s May 1st”.

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Happy May Day!

      • heyblueyoustink - May 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Right back at ya! 4 Days till we crack the Coronas, margaritas, and enchiladas and such! :-)

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        I got flowers today. :)

      • historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Seriously, who thumbs down getting flowers? WTH? That’s messed up.

    • scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      We’ll see about Wells; as for Betancourt and Young, you had to figure their numbers would rise moving from the AL to AAAA, I mean the NL. Happens all the time.

      • tuberippin - May 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        You’re an idiot.

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Is this all just a clever way of saying he’s playing hungry?

    • tuberippin - May 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Gotta put the carrot bacon cheeseburger in front of the horse de facto right fielder.

  3. historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I think he looks good in that Phillies uniform — he looks right (unlike Ichiro in pinstripes).

  4. olafisberserker - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Is this an in-season BSOHL club post by Craig?

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    And the subtle transition continues…..

    Was it only 3 months ago we had gems such as “I’m assuming at this point that Domonic Brown had an affair with Ruben Amaro’s wife or something. It’s the only possible explanation (for Young being signed).”

  6. pisano - May 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I guess he called Jenny. That was a good idea, his head was starting to look like a two bit watermelon.

  7. sagnam - May 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    elmon Young:

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