The 2012 World Series marked my first time to interact with Delmon Young in close quarters. What I noticed was that his interactions with the media ranged from dry-witted (when one reporter asked him whether the Tigers, then down 3-0 to the Giants, would do anything differently prior to Game 4, he quipped, "What, you mean like sacrifice a chicken or something?") to apathetic to plainly contemptuous.
In light of those experiences, this lengthy exchange with Philly writers, which comes to us courtesy of Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, comes as no surprise. Some choice excerpts ...
Long day yesterday?
Young: I slept on the plane.
You slept on the plane?
How did it feel to be in the cage then finally?
Young: It's batting practice. I really don't care too much to hit on the field.
You getting anxious though, watching these games...
Young: No, not really. It's cold and it's only March 6. I'm not anxious at all.
So you just went directly from Florida to California, doctor's office to ballpark?
Young: You guys trying to write a soap opera here or something?
Aloof indifference, served up hot.
All of this not only smells like teen spirit, but it reads like it, too.
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