Photography: Jon Willey
By Greg Salvatore
Don’t forget to tune to ESPN at 5 p.m. Arizona time tonight to root for Chris Young in the State Farm Home Run Derby!
Young is just the second D-backs player to compete in the Derby, though the team does have a good record so far–the only prior competitor, Luis Gonzalez, won the event in 2001.
“If I can get something up in the zone, something I can elevate and get out of the yard is pretty much what I’m doing,” Young said. “I’ve talked to Jermaine Dye and I’ve talked to some of these guys up here, and you know, endurance is the big thing. I try to not get too excited out there and not swing at every pitch.”
When the competitors were asked how they think they’ll be received if they’re winners of the Derby, Young joked that he expects nothing short of a king’s treatment.
“The long shot that I win it, I want all of these guys to carry me off the field,” he said, laughing.