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Terrell Young: Dodgeball and Barry White

Former dodgeball star Terrell Young.

A few random words about recent Nats' Rule 5 pick Terrell Young, a reliever who refers to himself as "T.Y." and seems to be one of the clubhouse's chattier residents.

* He played rec league baseball as a kid, but his serious baseball career began during gym class in eighth grade.

"You know, we had a P.E. class," Young explained. "So the P.E. coach asked me do I want to play basketball or dodgeball. I was like, 'Man, you know I want to play dodgeball.' So I picked my little team or whatever. I started knocking these kids out, just knocking them out with a stright fastball, hitting them anywhere. So he goes down and gets the pitching coach for the baseball team. He comes in, sees me throw. I knocked probably the whole [other] team out, I still had my whole team. It was some soft foamy balls, they just rise when you throw them.

"So I went to the baseball field and started throwing, and I've been playing baseball ever since then. I played recreation, but I ain't never played school ball [before that]....If they had a sport for dodgeball, I'd be playing dodgeball right now. I ain't never tried it again after that. I even asked my P.E. coach, 'Y'all play dodgeball?' and he was like 'No, we quit when you left.' "

* T.Y. had never been to the District before joining the Nats for their Winter Caravan. His sightseeing was limited to a late-night walk from their Hyatt to the White House with fellow newcomer Scott Olsen.

"It was pretty nice," Young said. "We walked probably I'd say three, four miles, I think. Five? I don't know how far we walked. I know it was cold that night. We looked at it, I took a couple pictures of it, showed my mom. It was exciting."

* Young has a shockingly deep voice.

"I know," he acknowledged. "Everybody calls me Barry White. I had sung on the bus one day, man; when I was in Dayton they made me sing a Barry White song. It was just a random song they picked, so I just read it like karaoke. I did all right."

"You're the First, the Last, My Everything?" suggested's Bill Ladson.

"That's what it was, My Everything," Young said. "Hey, I was just laughing the whole time I was singing. It was aight. In church choir my momma made me sing. I had to then, I couldn't say no. It was fun, though, being in choir with my sister and my brother."

* Best part of living in Billings, where he played for the Mustangs of the Reds' system?

"No taxes," Young said. "I loved that. Tax free, for everything."

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
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I got to chat with T.Y. at the ESPN Zone celebrity cookoff. He was the most unguarded, chatty, engaging player there. I really liked the guy.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg, if you're reading this tell WAPO that comment submissions are coming up with error messages over on Nats Journal.

This matters to you because for 30 minutes I've been trying to encourage visits here.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Hope to see TY play dodgeball with Chase Utley soon. :-D

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I've run into the same thing at NJ, NatsNut (my fellow Bog cheerleader).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Sigh...I guess you and I are the only real Nats fans, 1a.

Buncha posers.

Posted by: NatsNut | February 18, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Wait, Ladson guessed right about something?

Posted by: BobLHead | February 18, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

hee hee, NatsNut.

Hey, it's Bob L!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 18, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"Wait, Ladson guessed right about something?"
even zee blind pig occasionally finds a Dominican birth certificate.

Posted by: VladiHondo | February 18, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like TY will be an entertaining interview all year long. Thanks for all the Nats stuff here, Dan.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | February 18, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Stein, I'm reading.

In all fairness, however, I'll stop reading as soon as you leave Viera.

Until then, keep up the good work.

Posted by: Section138 | February 18, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only extant devotee of both the D.C. Sports Bog and the Nats?

Posted by: Lindemann777 | February 18, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I think we needs some video of TY singing. It could be the new "that swing is very broke!" video of the spring!

Posted by: NattyDelite | February 18, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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