Delwyn Young was exactly where he’d always wanted to be … sort of.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been in the (visitor’s) dugout at Dodger Stadium,” he said Monday afternoon.
Young is a SoCal native, from his laid-back attitude to his rabid fandom for USC — Yeah, he made sure to remind me about the whipping his Trojans put on my Nittany Lions in the Rose Bowl.
Young grew up in Los Angeles and lives nearby in the offseason. So, even if the Dodgers had not drafted him in the fourth round in 2002, he would still bleed Dodgers blue.
“It’s home,” Young said. “I’ll always root for the Dodgers.”
As a kid, Young hung out in “bleacher beach” at Chavez Ravine.
“There’s three ways I’ve seen a beachball at Dodger Stadium — as a fan, as a Dodger and now, as an opponent,” he said.
Beachballs were bouncing in the stands tonight, but Young was watching from the bench with a sore lower back. It made for a sour start to his first trip back to Dodger Stadium since being traded to the Pirates in April.
Young admits it took a little while to adjust to his new East Coast environment.
“It took a week or two to get used to wearing black,” he said. “Once I got used to looking down and seeing black shoes, it was OK.”
Young gobbled up tickets for 25 family and friends for tonight’s game. His cranky back makes his status iffy for the rest of this series, but he hopes to at least play in Wednesday’s game.
“It’s my grandmother’s birthday,” he said. “That would be a nice present.”