Terrell Young: Dodgeball and Barry White
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 MLB.com'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."
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