On studying politics at Princeton and being the only male to win Ivy League rookie of the year in two sports
It was tough my first semester. I didn't like being away from home [Dallas], and it was a challenge having to balance basketball, baseball and that academic workload. It taught me quickly how to be responsible and how to maximize my time. My senior thesis looked at how the media influence public opinion. I used Jackie Robinson as a variable to measure how racial stereotypes and attitudes in the 1940s changed as a result of his integration into baseball.
On getting advice from fellow 6'10" pitcher Randy Johnson
We were in New York, and he took time to speak to me for 45 minutes in the weight room. We talked about mechanics and how important it is [as a tall man] to find a consistent delivery. Randy passed on drills and focal points that helped him. I've taken a lot of what he said and tried to apply it.
On meeting President Bush
A group of us with the Rangers [last year] went to the White House when we were in Baltimore. It was amazing to stand in the Oval Office. We talked about a few things, but the war in Iraq was the main topic. What I took away from the meeting was how real he is. What you see on TV is the same person you get in private. He's extremely passionate and devoted and faithful.
On meeting his wife, Liz
We met in our first class freshmen year, but it took us three years to wise up and start dating. It was Spanish class where we met. She claims she was better [at Spanish] than me, but I think she took my being quiet and soft-spoken for not being intelligent.
On her family's hockey legacy
Liz's great-grandfather was [former player, coach and G.M.] Lester Patrick, who was very influential -- they named the former NHL Patrick Division after him. Her grandfather [Muzz] played for and coached the Rangers, her dad [Dick] is president of the Capitals, and her uncle Craig was general manager of the Penguins. I've gotten to be a hockey fan, but I'm still learning.
On whether he's ever skated
No, and I don't think I'll try.
On rejecting a guaranteed two-year offer from the Sacramento Kings in 2004 and staying with baseball
It was a tough decision considering where I was in my baseball career [Double A in Frisco, Texas]. It's surreal that I even had that opportunity. I'm happy with my decision -- things have worked out great.
On his favorite thing about San Diego
I hate to say it, but it's the weather. It's so perfect and sunny and beautiful every day. We spent most off days at the beach before Liz went back to Georgetown for law school. It's like being on vacation all season.
YOUNG, 27, IS 10-5 FOR THE WILD-CARD-LEADING PADRES