Michael Young the Texas Ranger Retires
By Ben Dieter
October 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers third basemanMichael Young
(10) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker (not pictured) during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
There are good baseball players, and there are good people. Some baseball players are good people, some are not. It’s like any other walk of life. Michael Young was a great baseball player and he is an even better human being. Today at Texas Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, Michael Young hung up his spikes and put away his glove for the last time as a major league baseball player and began the second part of his life. Many Texas Rangers fans, myself included, were sad to see Michael Young go to Philly before the start of last season. I for one was hoping he would play his entire career in a Texas Rangers uniform. Micheal left it all on the field as he talked about just a little while ago.
"“A great teammate was always something I wanted to be remembered for, but I always wanted to bring effort.”"
Michael was a great teammate, and a great player. He will be missed in the baseball community. Jon Daniels and Ron Washington had a lot of good things to say about Michael, and Daniels even got a little emotional when talking about Michael. All in all Michael was the same way he always was a player, professional and direct.
I believe that there is a difference between the greatest player ever to wear a Texas Rangers uniform and the greatest Texas Rangers player of all time, and I believe that Michael Young is at least in the discussion as the greatest Texas Rangers player of all time. The Texas Rangers don’t go to back to back World Series without Young, and the young players the Rangers have brought up would not have been as ready to play as they were if it weren’t for Michael Young. I wish him nothing but the best in whatever he does from here on out, and I for one hope we see him soon in a Rangers uniform doing something around the ballpark. Lets all take today to celebrate and remember the playing career of one of the good guys.