As Michael Young cracked his first home run as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and rounded the bases on Tuesday night, there was palpable excitement inside Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies had a large lead at home that they made sure they would not give away this time around.
For Young, it was a chance to round the bases with his first homer in a new uniform after a year in Texas that he would prefer to forget.
So far, Young has made a nice first impression in Philadelphia. In the team’s first eight games, Young is hitting .345/.424/.552. Now, nobody expects that to hold up for an entire season, and you can lose 200 points in each of those categories in a couple of nights this early in the year, but Young has fit in well thus far here in Philadelphia.
The 36-year-old was hoping to bounce back from a year in which he had a career low .682 OPS with the Texas Rangers. So far, so good.
Young knew going into the season that he would be the team’s full-time third baseman, and that the Rangers could not promise him a starting spot on their roster heading into the year. There was certainly good reason; Young has not been a good third baseman throughout his career.
So far, Young has made a couple of miscues in the field, and though he hasn’t been charged an error as of yet, it does hurt a team when an easy double play isn’t started the right way. Young’s range isn’t very good either, but the team surely knew that when they traded for him.
For now, the Phillies are just happy to see him hitting the ball hard, and hitting the ball to all fields.
With Young playing on the final year of his contract, he knew that this season could be a one-and-done scenario, but he’s doing his best to prove that he wants to stick around for a while in Philadelphia.