Friday, September 01, 2006

Delmon's Dynamite

Young phenom's Chi-Town debut a mashing success Whaddaya know. Turns out the kid was right. He was ready for the Big Leagues.
With a phenomenal performance in his first series in the majors, the D-Rays rookie RF wowed his opponents, teammates, and coaches. He may have also silenced some of his critics and doubters who thought the pressure of Major League Baseball would crack the kid like a nut.
Check out the numbers from his first 3 games vs. the World Champs:

Tuesday: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs. Hit by first pitch; homered for first hit.
Wednesday: 2-for-3, 2B, sac fly, 2 RBIs. Both hits came with two outs.
Thursday: 4-for-5, 2B, run. Started winning rally with 10th-inning single.

Grand totals: 8-11 (.727), 2 2Bs, 1HR, 4RBI, 1(big)HBP, 1 blown catch, 1 ton of praise.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen has already punched his ticket to the Hall after witnessing Delmon's destruction first hand. After denying that he instructed series-opening starter Freddy garcia to hit Young with the first ever pitch he saw as a big-leaguer, Young went on a tear that culminated with a rally-starting single in the 10th inning yesterday that preceded Jorge Cantu's game-deciding 2-run base hit. In between he misjudged a fly ball by Jermaine Dye in the first inning of game 1 that went for a 3-run HR, ran the bases flawlessly while spraying the ball to all fields, and hit a 2-run jack into the bully for his first major league homer in his 2nd career AB.
All of that activity promted the garrulous Guillen to proclaim:
"He's a future Hall of Famer..he has a long way to go, but this kid's not scared. He's for real."

So Delmon passed his entry test. We'll see how he fares at home this weekend vs. Seattle. I'll be at the game Saturday night and get an up-close look at the kid, and I'd love to ask him one question:

did his teammates gave him a Perrier shower after his first game?

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