Young thrives in Houston homecomings

Young thrives in Houston homecomings

Young thrives in Houston homecomings
HOUSTON -- When the D-backs make their yearly trip to Houston, outfielder Chris Young gets a chance to come home.

"It's like a family reunion," said Young, who was born in Houston. "I have literally my entire family here. They come out to the games and show support. I get a chance to hang out with them afterward. It's always a lot of fun for me."

Young has had a lot of fun at Minute Maid Park too, batting .396 in 13 games in Houston heading into Friday. His 1.122 OPS at Minute Maid is his best in any ballpark.

"With the family here, you know that everybody's watching," Young said. "I've had some bad games too, but even when I do, they still show support. It's really not too much added pressure."

Young, who said he needed about 60 tickets for each of the D-backs' three games this weekend, won't get to come to Houston as often in the future with the Astros moving to the American League for the 2013 season.

He admitted that he's disappointed about the Astros leaving, but he also realizes that not every ballplayer gets to play in their hometown.

"I've been able to come here quite a bit," Young said. "Everybody's been able to come out and see me play and I've been able to see them."