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Today in Meathook: There is a Ceiling

I'm hoping like heck Da Meat Hook doesn't get traded, because for three months I've been planning on writing an item about his $3 million baseball card collection, and I just haven't done it, and the team doesn't return home before the trading deadline. You can view some of his cards by paying just $16.95 for a CD. "The memories we cherish when we opened a pack of cards can take us back to our youth and to our dreams," Young purportedly said, although it sounds to me like some PR person just took a whole bunch of random words and put them together. Read more about his obsession in this interview, in which he says he only owns about 200 cards but that he'll only collect PSA Gem Mint "10" level cards, which I guess means they're really nice and spell especially of bubble gum.

Anyhow, counting down to the trade deadline, today we learn that

* Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young said he wants to stay with the Nationals, but acknowledged there is a "ceiling on what to accept and not accept" in terms of a contract extension. (

* Since I never linked to this, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says it's 15-1 that Dmitri winds up with the Twins, and that Torii Hunter thinks he heard through the grapevine that Young would like to be in Minnesota. Who wouldn't, really?

* Meanwhile, Minny GM Terry Ryan doesn't deny his interest in Young and says there are about 15 hitters he'd be interested in. The Sports Network is also talking about Young to Minnesota, which means it definitely isn't happening.

* The new, spiffily relaunched Mr. Irrelevant site wonders where the Nats would be without Da Hook.

* While wondering why there isn't more national obsession over Mr. Meat, I found this old blog post on Surviving Grady:

Also, can I just say that Dmitri Young could scare the lead from a pencil. Mother of God, has there ever been a player whose mere visage inspired more fear than Da Meat's? The guy has a face only a mother -- or Sam -- could love, and in my most fevered nightmares, I'm being chased along the Cliff Walk in Newport by a bat-wielding Young, who's telling me he's "gonna set my narrow ass straight" for some reason.

Which is exactly why we need to keep him here.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 25, 2007; 10:01 AM ET
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He's a card collector? That's it, Dmitri is knocking on the door to join my favorite active athlete pantheon along with Arenas and Portis. Save Da Meat!

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | July 25, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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