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Friday, April 4, 2014
Hitless EY gives fans cause to cheer anyway

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Rain postponed the pregame ceremony in which Eric Young Jr. was slated to receive the Lou Brock Award as the 2013 NL steals leader.

E.Y. Jr. gave fans early reason to cheer anyway.

Young leaped at the left-field wall and took away a first-inning homer from Brandon Phillips.

That ended up proving the margin of victory in the Mets’ 4-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night at Citi Field.

It marked the first time in Young’s career he had taken away a homer from an opponent, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“That pretty much saved the game,” teammate Lucas Duda said. “We’d probably still be playing right now if it wasn’t for him.”

Said Young: “I almost stumbled there a little bit on the warning track. It was a little slippery. I caught my footing and was able to make a jump on it.

“My main concern was keeping my eye on the ball -- watch it go all the way into the glove. That’s what it did.

“Personally, it gets me pumped up. I know the rest of the guys were pumped up, too. It ended up being the difference in the game with the one run, so it was huge.”

Despite the defensive superlative, Young is now 0-for-12 on the season at the plate.

He now is due to receive the Lou Brock Award in a ceremony before Saturday’s matinee.