He made the Nationals' Opening Day roster and has been building ever since. Young is batting .339 this season, and in May, he recorded hits in every game he played except three.Young said he can't explain how he's doing so well so soon. He's stopped trying to be a home run hitter, as is evident with eight this season, because home run hitters make "angry outs." "My dad always said, 'You don't want your kids to think you're a quitter,' " Young said. "I didn't quit on myself and my kids didn't see their dad being a quitter." Young received the All-Star news when he was riding in a cab to the stadium in Pittsburgh. He got a call from Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, the very man who gave Young a chance after so many had written him off. As soon as he got the news, Young called his three kids. It brought tears to his eyes to hear them yelling and jumping around. "When I called my kids, that's when it started to hit me, because everything I've done has been for them," Young said. Whatever the reason he did it, Young earned his way to the All-Star Game in every sense of the word. "Where I was at this time last year compared with where I am now, a lot of people say this is storybook type," Young said. "But the story's not over yet." When it does end, Young is thinking Forrest Whitaker would make a great Dmitri Young.
Becky Regan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.