Eric Young Jr. was racing down the first base line, and Tim Hudson came over to try and retrieve the throw from first baseman Freddy Freeman, and all of a sudden Young Jr. ran right on top of Hudson's ankle, twisting it in ways you would never want your ankle to be twisted. The gruesome scene caused silence over the New York crowd, silence in both the Braves and Mets dugouts. Silence. Young Jr. was the first to react to Hudson's injury and immediately came over to apologize to the pitcher. After a short delay, Hudson was carted off the field, and the first person to shake hands with the pitcher was none other than Eric Young Jr. His professionalism truly should be celebrated, as baseball is in a rough time with the PED case. If that wasn't enough, read what Young Jr. tweeted following the game:
That is truly a "class act" if you've ever seen one. Young Jr. plays the game of baseball the way it's supposed to be played. He's shown sportsmanship, respect, and emotion and in an event as scary as this, that's all you can really ask for. So, let's take a moment and applaud the Mets left fielder, and remember that he should be our role models, and he is a person that we should look up to.
Click here to see the video. (1:31 and 3:37 show Young Jr.'s professionalism)