10/05/07 3:35 AM ET
Young shines on national stage
Three-run homer changes complexion of game for D-backs
By Michael Schwartz / MLB.com
Both players hit over 30 homers in the regular season while spending the majority of the time in the leadoff spot, leading Melvin to say Young reminds him very much of Soriano."Both guys have speed, both guys have power," Melvin said. "You don't see that dynamic too often in the one-spot, especially in the same series. So it's two guys that right away you've got to make your pitches or you find it in the seats." Although a night like Thursday opened the nation's eyes to the Soriano-like talent Young possesses, Arizona's center fielder does not see himself like that yet.
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"To hear my name in the same category, with myself being a leadoff hitter lately and having a little power, it's an honor," Young said. "He's a great player, but I try not to think about things like that. Just go out there and try to do the things that I do. I only have a year in right now, so hopefully I can continue doing what I do for the next five or 10 years and put my name in that category."On a night when Soriano was held to a pair of harmless singles and struck out three times, a player with his same skill set in the other dugout enjoyed his postseason breaking-out party with the type of hit Arizona fans have become accustomed to. "It's exciting to hit a homer any time, but to do it in the playoffs with 48,000 fans out here yelling, you feel like you're floating on air when you're running the bases," Young said. "You see your teammates in the dugout ready to congratulate you. "There's no feeling like it."
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.