“Guest Blogger: Eric Young, Jr.

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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

6 Comments

Hey, EY Jr.! I’m very glad to see another nice guy blessed with such talent. Congratulations on being chosen for the AFL, and good luck. Reading the blogs makes me want to drive out to Arizona and go to some AFL games because you guys have such good things to say about the league but, alas, Houston is a very long way from Phoenix.
God bless you back :D
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

Eric, I was so glad to see your blog. OMG!!! I am so proud of you and all that you are doing. Keep up the good work and stay focus. God will open all of the doors meant for you. I’ve enjoyed reading your BLOG and hopefully you will be back. As I always tell you. STEP UP and GO TO YOUR DESTINY!!!!

I love you.

Paula !!!

Great job on the blog junior! You continue to show that u are capable of doing anything u set your mind to. I am so proud of all you have accomplished. Keep at it, a day at a time. It’s there 4 u. Stay blessed! I love u!
Kevin R

wha goes on gangsta…check you out BLOGGING…who wouldve thunk it…lol….well I’m very proud of you and you’re almost there..that light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter….anything worth having is worth working for…you’ve done well and continue to do what u do best….STAY WELL AND STAY BLESSED….c ya in a week! xoxo…

~big/lil sis Brittany

Hi Eric,

Much love, hugs, and kisses, from your Uncle Junie, Aunt Cake and Cousin Amanda. We are very proud of you and it means so much that you, a young African American man, have such a positive outlook on life and accomplished so much at such a young age. In my line of work, I have seen so many of our young men go the wrong way, and as a retired Sheriff with over 34 years in law enforcement, you can’t begin to imagine how proud we are of you. Our prayer for you is that you stay focused, put God first and live your life knowing that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. Know that your family loves you and now that I am retired, we will make some of your games – let us know when you are close or in Virginia. Please keep in touch!

Love,
Uncle Junie and Aunt Cake

Work hard EY Jr..Im waiting for you to get to Coors Field so I can blog about you and your accomplishments…Good Luck down south…Don
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

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