07/14/2003 6:28 PM ET
Young not alone at All-Star Game
CHICAGO -- The Midsummer Classic is shaping up to be a family affair for Detroit Tigers slugger Dmitri Young.
The first-time All-Star appeared with his younger brother, Delmon, during the pregame media frenzy that is known as media day on Monday afternoon. While many players bring the family along for the fun, most players don't have a brother who was the No. 1 overall choice in the First-Year Player Draft.
Dmitri Young believes his brother, Delmon Young, will surpass his achievements because he has more power and athleticism. He expects to see his younger sibling in an All-Star jersey in the very near future.
But Dmitri Young also thinks setting the bar high will be a good challenge for Delmon Young.
"I'm just setting the standard for him," Dmitri Young said. "I made All-Star, he's going to make a lot of All-Star (games). It's just like in high school -- I set the records, and he broke my records. I was the fourth pick overall, he was No. 1. I got up to the big leagues when I was 22, and he will definitely get up there before he's 22."
"I'll be hanging on his coattails hard."
By Amy Sternig / MLB.com
Delmon Young said he was flattered by the praise.
"It's nice to hear that from my older brother," he said.
Dmitri Young has waited patiently for his first call to an All-Star team. The 29-year-old is in his seventh season in Majors and after a rough 2002, has returned to form.
"I did a lot of work in the offseason," he said. "I matured as a player. I added some weight while I was hurt so in the offseason I turned to (a trainer) from Oct. 1 to Feb. 15. That was the most successful training I've had. I still (work with the trainer) twice a month."
A lifetime .296 hitter, Dmitri Young underwent hernia surgery last season but rebounded to lead Detroit in home runs and RBIs coming into the All-Star break.
Dmitri Young is hitting .283 over 90 games this season, with 18 homers and 49 RBIs. He has struck out 74 times in 325 at-bats and walked 33 times.
Even if he does not get into the game, Dmitri Young is happy to be healthy and honored to be chosen for the All-Star squad.
"Just coming back and even though the team was struggling, I was able to maintain positive spirits, and I was playing better," he said. "Getting rewarded like this -- I am very appreciative."
After arriving for the week's events on Sunday night, Dmitri Young is settling in for the long haul in Chicago. He'll spend almost a week in the Windy City between the All-Star events and a four-game series with the White Sox beginning Thursday.
"I'll probably be tapped out of Chicago by Thursday," he joked.
With a dozen family members in attendance, Dmitri Young is trying to take the whole experience in. Delmon Young plans to hang out for the duration.
He was drafted by the Devil Rays, but has yet to sign a contract with the club. In the meantime, he's taking it easy this summer.
"I'm just training and hanging out with my friends, that's it," Delmon Young said.
And busting his big brother's chops a bit as well.
"I've broken all his (high school) records so far, and I hope to break all his others as well," Delmon Young said with a smile.
Amy Sternig is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.