TBT: Michael Young

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This photo tweeted from the Rangers with the caption ” Mr. Ranger is back. There are certain players they just belong in a Ranger uniform and Michael Young is the definition of Ranger baseball. I thought I would tell the story of how Michael Young tried to kill me.  Ok not really but it’s a fun story.

First it must be explained the difference between a normal person playing catch and ballplayers playing catch before a game.
When let’s say me for instance I’m playing catch. I’m just trying to get the ball in my glove and throw it back without making a fool of myself. When a ballplayer is playing catch he is trying to warm up his muscles for a baseball game.
Why is this important well you’ll see.

It’s 2001 and there is this rookie. Michael Young. He is playing catch to Alex (yes that Alex) I’m just entered the ballpark and I’m making a bee line for the first rows so when the guys are done maybe I might get an autograph. I’m hearing the sound of balls being thrown into gloves.  Then I hear
“LOOK OUT!”

There is a bullet from Michael Young headed straight for my face, my glove is in my hands but not on my hand there is no way I can catch it bare handed in my split second decision I hit the dirt as do most of the fans. The sound of the ball hitting the back of the seats sounded like the crack of the bat. I’m young so I jump right back up. Alex comes over and asks if everyone is ok. We are all so stunned no one realizes who is asking if we are ok. We were fine. I see a very concerned Michael and Alex reassured him that we were fine. I then call out Alex
” Hey let me get my glove on!”
He smiles and say ” You should have already had it on.”
” Well, I thought you were going to catch the ball.”
“I wouldn’t always bet on that!”
I wave at Michael who waves backs and smiles, I think we were all glad that ball didn’t hit me or anyone that day.
Moral of the story always wear your glove or Mr. Ranger might get you.

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