When Chris Young signed with the New York Yankees during the end of the 2014 season, fans ridiculed the deal based off his numbers with the New York Mets. However, Young didn’t look like the player that was struggling with the Yankees crosstown rivals; he was hitting the ball on all cylinders and during his lone month as a Yankee, he quickly became a fan favorite. Young was grateful Brian Cashman and the Yankees took a chance on him and he said he thoroughly enjoyed his time in pinstripes.
“I’m really happy that I did get this opportunity to come here, in this environment, in as big of a year as it’s been for the Yankees,” Young said to the New York Daily News. “To be surrounded by that, I’ve been able to create memories that’ll last a lifetime. Every little bit helps, for sure.
“I’m really grateful for that.”
Young had been ridiculed all season since Mets GM Sandy Alderson signed him to a pricey contract, the team eventually letting Young go after an abysmal season. However, the Yankees took a gamble and Young got to witness many things; he hit a walk-off home run, and had many clutch hits during a time where the Yankees were scratching and clawing for the second Wild Card spot.
When asked to describe his time with the Mets, he paused before adding, “It’s just a time,” he said. “You’ve just got to let it go. I did my best while I was there. I don’t have any regrets as far as anything I should’ve done different – the production should’ve been better.
“But as a player, you’re going out there and you know you’re working hard, trying your best. Sometimes it doesn’t work out and the ball doesn’t fall ..read more