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Dmitri Young's Kids

Owen is 9 and has braces. Damon is 7 and is, um, a bit pudgy. Both have the run of the field. They spent a long time hanging on Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star beat guyTodd Jacobson, and then left to hang out with Miguel Cabrera. Frankly, I would have bailed on Jacobson sooner.

Both play baseball; "I can play a little basketball, but it's not my sport though," Owen said. "Too much bouncing."

Both said dad is their favorite player, followed by uncle Delmon Young. After that, Damon chooses Austin Kearns, and Owen, who sounds like he's about 17, likes Robert Fick. "He's a great guy," Owen told me.

Owen said he's the better player, but at dad's prompting, Damon said he's got more power. "I hit pop files and grounders, they never catch 'em," he said.

Comcast SportsyNet producer Adam Littlefield has been asking everyone what Opening Day means. "Wowwwww," Owen said. "Respect. Pride."

I asked for his favorite part of the game; he said when dad comes up to plate, that plus the National Anthem. And he predicted dad will hit a double in his first at bat today. So watch out for that. As for Damon?

"For me, it's about beating the Marlins so hard they'll never ever want to play the Nats again," he said, enthusiastically.

"We play them 18 times," Dmitri Young pointed out to his son.

No matter. This is Opening Day.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2007; 11:21 AM ET
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Thanks Dan. Thanks. I thought we were cool.

Posted by: The real Todd Jacobson | April 2, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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