What’s going on Readers? This is my first time blogging and sharing my experiences with the fans, so hopefully I don’t disappoint.
I am from Piscataway, New Jersey (P-Way). For those of you who don’t know, my father is Eric Young, Rutgers University Alumni and former Major Leaguer. I grew up in NJ though with my mother Paula (Hi Mom :-)), but visited my father on many occassions all throughout life. Most people ask me did I live with my dad, and travel to all the various cities, so for the record I lived in NJ until I was 18. Anyways, I played 3 sports growing up. Baseball, football, and basketball were the sports I played. I had no clue which direction I was going to go growing up, I just knew I was going to play ball of some sort. I finally made my decision to play baseball after I was drafted in June ’03. Most people thought I was going to play football in college, because I had signed a letter of intent to play at Villanova University outside of Philadelphia. Instead, I decided to go the draft and follow route and attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College for a year. I then signed with the Rockies (original team that drafted me) in May ’04. My parents and I both had long conversations on that particular route, and we felt it was the best fit for me and living my dream.
I come from a solid family, both on my mom side and dad side. I was always the spoiled son, grandson, nephew, etc. I think it was because I adapted to everyone easily. It was never a problem being around different people in or out my family. I’ve established relationships with many friends and their families that I still stay in touch with to this day. Shout out to my loved ones, you know who you are!
I’m playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs while I’m out here in the Arizona Fall League. Our team is mixed with players from the Diamondbacks, Twins, Blue Jays, A’s, and the Rockies. I’m trying something new while here in the Arizona Fall League. The Rockies have asked me to add centerfield into my arsenal, so I’m learning it and giving it a try. This is my first time in the outfield professionally. Its cool. I really like the idea of increasing my chances of making the big league roster. So I’m learning the outfield in stride, so when the time comes I can be ready for that jump and play any position. I’m not neglecting second base though. I still get my daily work at second base as well. Some guys got injured few games back and I was called on to play second. Turned some double plays when I got in there. lol
Since being out in the Arizona Fall League though, I’ve had a lot of fun. The competition is top-notch! Its basically all the all-stars for every major league team’s organization in one place. You always have to be on top of your game because there’s always high level competition against you. I do believe its a privilege to be out here though. Not many people can get selected to be apart of this. Its truly a blessing to be considered one of the games prospects. Not too many 30th rounders have the opportunities to say that, so I want to say its really a blessing. Anybody out there that has a passion for the game, work hard because you never know who is watching. That one person, could be the person to open that door for you! I appreciate everyone reading, not sure if I’ll be on here again, but stay tuned!
Work hard, follow your dreams, and god bless!
-Eric Young Jr