Young was the Most Valuable Player in the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh when he hit a two-run triple in the top of the ninth inning off of reliever Trevor Hoffman to give the American League a 3-2 victory over the National League. Young won a Chevrolet truck that he gave to his father.He is not expecting to be the first player to win MVP honors in two straight All-Star Games. "Everything has to line up right for that," Young said. A Rangers shortstop has been selected to the All-Star team for seven straight seasons, including Alex Rodriguez, who went in 2001-03. But this is the first time since 2002 that the Rangers are sending just one player to the All-Star Game.
"I recognize one player has to be chosen from each team," Young said. "As much as I want to make the All-Star Game knocking down the door rather than sneaking in the back way, I still want to represent the team well."A slow start hurt Young's chance to win either the players' or the fans' vote. He hit just .216 in April, but came back to hit .296 in May and .361 in June. "I feel like I'm getting close to being myself," Young said. "I'm not there yet, but I'm getting close." The 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
Young first went to the All-Star Game in 2004 in Houston and he is 2-for-5 over three games. Young is now tied with Buddy Bell for the second-most All-Star appearances in Rangers history. Ivan Rodriguez leads with 10 appearances."The All-Star Game is a great experience," Young said. "Major League Baseball does an incredible job. I love going every year. The first one was fun just to be there and last year was obvious. Now I know most of the guys and I'm looking forward to hanging out with them. "I love when the game gets started. The festivities are great and the players let their guard down. They enjoy batting practice and they enjoy the Home Run Derby. But once the game starts, that's when we do what we do best." Young will be joined by Washington, who was selected by Leyland to be one of his coaches on the American League team. "I'm looking forward to it," Washington said. "I'm going to go out there and enjoy myself."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.