Young honored during pregame ceremony

Young honored during pregame ceremony

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers honored third baseman Michael Young prior to Saturday's game against the Orioles for becoming the franchise's all-time hits leader.

Young, who accomplished the feat on June 16 against the Marlins, received gifts from both his teammates and the organization for passing the 1,748 hits mark. Ivan Rodriguez had held the record before Young passed him with a two-run single.

"It was great," Young said. "I really appreciate the team's efforts in doing that, and, of course, the fan's reception was pretty special. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it kind of blew me away."

Second baseman Ian Kinsler presented Young with an autographed Kobe Bryant jersey on behalf of the team. Bryant also wrote a personal congratulations for Young who's an avid Lakers fan. Naturally, some fans booed.

"That's fine," Young said with a smile. "I looked at [emcee] Eric [Nadel] and I just think he did it on purpose so I could have some humble pie tonight. But it was pretty cool. I appreciate the fact that Dallas fans are loyal."

In addition, artist Vernon Wells presented Young with a painting of the third baseman's accomplishment. A special limited edition lithograph of the original work will be produced and sold at the Rangers Foundation auction kiosk to benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and the Carson Leslie Foundation.

Finally, the third base being used in Saturday's game was signed by Young and auctioned through the foundation during the game, with proceeds also benefiting the Carson Leslie Foundation.

The Rangers also made Saturday "Coca-Cola and Walgreens Michael Young Cap Night," where the first 20,000 fans that entered the Ballpark received a red and white cap honoring Young.

"It was pretty cool," Young said. "It was definitely a night I'm not going to forget."