NEW YORK -- Chris Young had been 1-for-his-last-19. He had been relegated to starting only against left-handed pitching. And he had become a fan piñata, deservedly so, given his $7.25 million contract and paltry production.
Young did shine in a big moment Saturday, though.
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“Nobody cares about the past at that moment, especially myself,” Young said. “I don’t care about the game before, the at-bat before. It’s always about living in the moment and playing in the moment. If you’re able to do that for an entire season, normally at the end of the road that pot of gold is there and you’re able to look back and see yourself push through the downs and come back on top by the time the end of the year comes around.”
Even with Saturday’s homer, Young is still hitting .199 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 206 at-bats.
“By the time it’s all said and done, I know that the belief in myself and what I feel like I bring to the table will show,” Young maintained. “I’ll be happy at the end of the season knowing that I put everything I had into this season and things turned around and got positive. And, next thing you know, you’re the guy that people want to go to in the big situation, hopefully. That’s always the goal.
“My philosophy has always been: When you’re going through some struggles, nobody wants to hear you pouting. Nobody wants to hear you be bitter. In the grand scheme of things, a bad attitude is not going to change your numbers. Whatever situation you’re in, if you come with a negative mindset, it’s not helping the situation. If anything, it’s hurting the situation.
“So you try to make the best out of every opportunity you’re given. You try to be a positive influence on the people that you’re surrounded with and continue to rub people the right way. It’s not just for baseball. It’s just for life as far as what makes a person’s character. That’s something I take very seriously and try to hold to.”