Delmon Young's first interview of the season was one for the ages
Delmon, to reporters who asked him about his recovery from surgery: "You guys trying to write a soap opera here or something?"
Delmon Young wasn't exactly known for his motivation or media savviness while with the Twins, but things have apparently reached new and hilarious lows in Philadelphia.
This winter, the Phillies signed Delmon for relative peanuts (a one-year deal for $750,000) just months after he was named MVP of the American League championship series while playing with Detroit. Thanks to offseason ankle surgery, Young missed the beginning of spring training, but he was cleared for baseball activities this week and took batting practice with his teammates for the first time yesterday morning. But the real story here is the highly entertaining interview he did with the assembled media afterward.
Here's the transcript (from the Philadelphia Inquirer):
Long day yesterday?
Young: I slept on the plane.
You slept on the plane?
Ruben said it was good news. You agree?
Young: Oh yeah, it's been month to month progressions since the day of the surgery.
Glad to be doing new activities, probably getting monotnous for you, right?
Young: No, not really. I just do what the doctors says. I saw him yesterday and he said I could do some other activities, so that's what he told me to do.
You took BP today, right
So that was first time in the cage with your teammates?
Young: That was the first time I had someone throwing to me since the last World Series game.
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.
What time did you land this morning?
Young: 6 a.m.. I just came right to the field because I get here at 6:30 anyway.
Ruben says he's hopeful you'll be back in mid to late April?
Young: Whenever the doctors give me the OK.
You noticing the ankle feeling better, stronger since you're coming along, feeling a normalcy coming back to it?
Young: I don't know. It's been since you're a little kid that your ankle feels normal. So I don't know.
How about adjusting to being a regular outfielder again. Looking forward to that?
Young: It was only one year. It's not like I was a DH for 6 years in a row. I had a bad ankle, so I DH'd.
So clearly ankle feels better than last 2 years?
Young: Yeah, obviously it feels better than when you have bone on bone and spurs everywhere.
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?
Actually, considering his track record, it's probably in Delmon's self-interest to say as little as possible.
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