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Old 06-20-2012, 11:34 PM   #973
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Default Re: Donald Young

This may sound crazy, but I still have hope for him insofar as salvaging a decent career. He IS only 22. Someone upthread mentioned Spadea's return from a far more ignominious losing streak. Furthermore, I'm sure there are plenty more 2-13-or-worse runs in ATP history from players who bounced back. And likely, for those players and their fans, it looked just as hopeless as it does for DY now.

So he has age on his side, but that said, one thing he doesn't have on his side is a likely coaching change. I doubt he's ever gonna dump his parents as coaches and it's hard to blame him considering what that might do to the family dynamic. This can really be a problem across all sports. My favorite baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, had a promising young hitter in the 80's named Cory Snyder. Alas, he would only listen to his daddy's hitting advice, so his strikeouts went up, up, up while his homers and average went down, and his baseball career did not end with redemption.

At any rate, I'm pulling harder for him than anyone else right now.
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