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Dmitri Young and the Running Bear

I was trying to find an excuse for linking to the four-day-old Antwaan Randle El vs. a bear segment from ESPN. Then I saw Dmitri Young legging out a would-be triple yesterday afternoon, and I felt like that was justification enough. Never will you see a pro athlete whose running style more reminds you of a sprinting bear than Dmitri in this clip below. This Meat Hook would maul any kick returner way before the end zone even came into play, with or without a glazed ham.

Of course, his triple was unfairly robbed by the umpires, who cruelly gave him a home run and made him run even further, but that doesn't change the fact that the Meat Hook's leg speed was sufficient to have gained his 30th career triple, including one in each of the past six seasons, which would have moved him into a tie for 73rd among active players. Interesting Nats-related triples facts:

* Cristian Guzman has the eighth-most triples among active Major Leaguers.

* Young appears to have the second-most career triples of any National, behind Guzman.

* Three years ago, bloggers were wondering whether Young was the fattest 27-triples tripler in MLB history. That was before he pushed three bills. I feel certain that yesterday's shoulda-been-a-triple would have been one of the 10 heaviest triples in MLB history. The umpires, of course, spit on our history.

* Excluding Young, the nine other active MLBers with 29 or 30 career triples have an average weight of 194 pounds. That's 106 pounds under the Meat Hook's listed weight. That difference is more than Danica Patrick weighs. So, while carrying around the equivalent of a star IRL driver on his back, Dmitri Young still has managed to equal or nearly-equal the tripling production of these lighter men. That's remarkable.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2008; 10:02 AM ET
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That footage is just begging to be included in a Checkers marketing campaign.

Just begging, I tell you.

Posted by: | May 27, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Poor Meathook ... He was barely able to throw up the Voodoo Hands at the end there.

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | May 27, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I just got linked to on the Bog!!!1!!1

Does that mean I'm famous now?

Posted by: Jeff V | May 28, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

It's tough hitting a triple. I'm surprised Dmitri has so many of them, but he's a pure hitter. If Cal Ripken had tripled on an August night in the mid-1990's, he would have hit for the cycle and I would have won $1-million in an O's TV contest. Instead I got a 27-inch Sony TV set which still works!

Posted by: Marty Chase | May 28, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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