How cool would it be to start playing a sport at a young age, reaching a professional level when you’re older and playing for your hometown team?
That has to be almost every professional athlete’s dream, no matter how bad the franchise may be. Getting the chance to have more family and friends at the ball park watching you wear the uniform you would picture yourself wearing during pick up games as a child.
There has been hundreds of players who have had the opportunity to do this. Now free agent outfielder Chris Young is open to playing for his hometown team in Houston, according to MLB.com.
That team happens to be the Houston Astros. A team who is entering it’s second year in the American League and once again was at the very bottom of the Major League barrel. The Astros are currently in a rebuild stage and have been getting younger across the board.
They picked up veteran Carlos Pena last season but he ended up with the Kansas City Royals later in the year.
Young had a very disappointing season as he hit .200/.280/.379 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI’s but still has the power to launch some balls out of the park. It’ll be interesting to see if the Astros have mutual interest.
He could very possibly win an Opening Day job if he was picked up by Houston.