Dmitri Young has lost a ton of weight


Dmitri Young was known to many as “Da Meat” or “Da Meat Hook” during his 14-year MLB career. If you saw him now, you might not understand why.

Young looks like a completely different person from the one that played 50 games with the Washington Nationals in 2008. The 40-year-old visited some of his former baseball friends in Cincinnati on Friday, and some could barely recognize him. Young says he has lost roughly 85 pounds. For those who have forgotten, here’s what the 2007 Comeback Player of the Year used to look like.

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Jered Weaver would accept gay teammate; Robert Fick would be uncomfortable

Jered WeaverFormer MLB All-Stars — and yes, we say that lightly — Robert Fick and Dmitri Young have a new video podcast. They debuted their show on Tuesday, which was before San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver’s homophobic remarks were publicized. The Southern California natives were joined by brothers Jered and Jeff Weaver (also from SoCal) for the show.

Jeff, Robert, and Dmitri were all teammates on the atrocious ’02 Detroit Tigers, while Young and Fick were later teammates on the ’07 Washington Nationals. Naturally, there was a high level of comfort among the guys, so the show had a very conversational tone.

About 17 minutes into the program, Fick and Young began actually discussing real topics. The first one they brought up concerned gay teammates in light of Torii Hunter’s anti-gay remarks that were publicized last month.

Fick, who openly cussed and referenced marijuana multiple times throughout the program, said he would be “uncomfortable” with a gay teammate. The Weavers took a different view.

“I don’t want a gay baseball player in my clubhouse,” said Fick. “It would be uncomfortable.”

Jered Weaver expressed his support, saying if the teammate is producing, “bring ‘em on.”

“If you’re hitting .300 with 40 and 140, bring ‘em on, you know? I think it would just be a shock at first, but it’s still your teammate in the long run,” said Weaver, as transcribed by Big League Stew. “They worked just as hard as us to get up to where we’re at.”

Fick reconsidered after Weaver made his point and said, “I’m sure I’d get over it.”

Jeff Weaver shared a similar opinion to his brother.

“Just let ‘em be the way they are,” Jeff Weaver said. “As long as they can hit or pitch.”

Young cracked a homophobic joke before saying, “to me, people are people so it doesn’t bother me.”

They then moved onto the topic of PEDs in light of the Biogensis bust revealed on Tuesday.

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Da Meat Hook Busted for Weed, His Team and Doctors Approve

File this away as one of the stranger stories you’ve probably seen. Dmitri Young, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2008 but is currently coaching an independent team, was busted at the airport in Illinois for weed possession. He was released on $100 bond and he got out in front of the story by notifying the team he coaches and the league about the issue. The strangest part about the story is that as Michael Tunison at The Sporting Blog via Walkoff Walk points out, the team is supportive of Dmitri’s drug use. Here’s what Oakland County Cruisers team president Rob Hilliard had to say:

“While we believe Dmitri could have exercised better judgment in this situation, we have been speaking with his physician and are beginning to have a clearer understanding of the circumstances surrounding his health. What we are certain about is Dmitri’s positive impact on our players, their approach to the game and their commitment to competing.”

While accepting responsibility for his arrest and admitting his actions were illegal and wrong, Da Meat Hook also tried to justify his use of marijuana. Young explained that he smokes the herb to ease both his physical and mental pain. While I feel badly for Dmitri that he’s having these pains, turning to an illegal drug really isn’t an excuse and he certainly should know better than to carry it through an airport. Much like Rob Hilliard though, I can attest to Dmitri’s positive impact on young players. Da Meat Hook was one of the most encouraging, engaging, and nicest coaches I’ve ever been around, and he was always one of my favorite players in the game. I hope he doesn’t end up in the same situation again.

Dmitri Young says pot for aches, pains [Detroit Free Press]
Minor League Team’s Reaction To Dmitri Young Weed Arrest Is A Bit Telling [The Sporting Blog]
Dmitri Young Has Pseudo Prescription For That Bag Of Grass [Walkoff Walk]

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