When the Mets signed Chris Young this offseason, David Waldstein of the New York Times wrote:
“The Mets have been using spacious Citi Field as a lure to pitchers with past arm troubles who are looking to prove they are recovered and deserving of long-term deals.”
So, basically, the Mets use the dimensions of Citi Field to attract pitchers with arm troubles (as opposed to pitchers without arm troubles) in hopes that these spacious dimensions will affect long fly balls given up by injured pitchers.
Right. Makes sense.
Now, on to more pressing matters. As you’ll learn throughout the course of the coming days and weeks, I am a big fan of Chris Young. And because you care, here are some tidbits on tonight’s starter:
- He’s 48-34 in his career with a 3.80 ERA
- At 6’10, 280, Young played college basketball at Princeton
- While at Princeton, he wrote his senior thesis, titled, “The Impact of Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball on Racial Stereotypes in America: A Quantitative Content Analysis of Stories about Race in the New York Times.” Or something along those lines, he says.
- He and Chris Capuano were teammates together in Tokyo a few years back
- The lure of Citi Field attracted him in hopes that long fly balls dying in the outfield would keep him off the DL
Here’s to hoping he begins to legitimize Citi Field’s healing powers with a good (road…) outing tonight!
Tags: Chris Young