Ladies and Gentlemen (and News Team members), I am finally stumped. I have been profiling the rookie hitters all season long in an attempt to get to know them better – to keep them from becoming just random names on the leaderboard. I’ve covered the square face from Germany, the phenom from Japan, and the stoner from California. This week, I was all excited to find out something about the multi-talented outfielder Christopher Brandon Young, who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I found just about four micrograms north of nada on this guy.
As a blogger, I am pretty familiar with the tricks of the searching trade. I tried searching on “Chris B. Young”, and I got several of the basic player cards that all sports and fantasy sites have. Chris B. Young did not go to college. He was drafted in 2001 by the White Sox. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in a trade involving a Hernandez, a Vazquez, and a Vizcaino, just before the 2006 season. He is from Houston and he’s 23 years old.
OK, there are the basics, but I want to know more, so I try Christopher Brandon Young and finally get his Wikipedia page. The page is what Wikipedia delightfully calls “a stub”. The only other info I found there was the identity of his High School – Bellaire High. Apparently this school cranks out state championships and MLB players, including Chuck Knoblauch, Jose Cruz, Jr., and Bubba Crosby. Interestingly enough, Emeka Okafor also played basketball there. And they are so proud of Chris B. that they… fail to list him as a famous alumnus.
Someone owes Chris 14:57 of fame
I looked for puff pieces in the Houston and Phoenix papers. Nothing. I emailed a sports writer from Houston and am awaiting a reply. Why all of the mystery? Is Chris B. Young a pod person? Is he an operative of a hostile nation under deep cover? If so, professional baseball player is the most ballsy cover story I’ve ever heard of.
The only other things I know about CBY are injury facts. One is that he wasn’t rated very highly coming out of college because he had broken his arm during his senior season at Bellaire. The other is that he has skipped a few games recently because of a right groin injury. I found the specificity of the injury to be discomforting, as I’m sure Chris does as well. “Coach, if it were my left groin, I’d be out there, you know that. But I’m right-groinded, and there’s no way I can run the bases with my dominant-side groin at less than 100%”.
So, I plead with you, readers. If you know of a screed, polemic, or revolutionary pamphlet that makes any mention of this player, please let me know about it in the comments. If you are a friend of his, hook me up with an interview, for gods sake – I’m going to blow the lid off of this whole Chris B. Young mystery, and earn my Scooby Snacks.
UPDATE: Thanks to Deadspin, my pitiful cry for information has reached the ears of someone in the know. Writer Matthew Meyers emailed me and passed on a link to his article about CBY (premium content-needs login) as written for Baseball America. In addition, Matt is on a cool road trip right now for CSTV, so I highly recommend following his progress here.