Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Where would we be without you?
Everyone knows the story.
The Rangers sign Adrian Beltre, tell Michael Young they want him to DH and become a utility guy, and things turn ugly.
Michael initially wants to be traded. Nothing works out. So he's here and he's playing.
Every. Single. Day.
Thank God for that.
The Rangers are hurting without Josh Hamilton.
Since Josh Hamilton broke his arm, the Rangers are 9-16 and have lost 7 of 8 series. (The rubber game of the A's Series just started so I hope they can win and hold on to 2nd place.)
Michael is the main reason the Rangers have even managed to win 9 of the last 25 games. He's hitting .349 with 14 doubles and 28 RBIs. He's not just DH'ing either. He is one of only two Rangers to play in all 37 games this season, 25 at DH, 7 at second and 5 at first.
Last night, Michael hit in the cleanup spot for the first time in his career. All he did was go 3-4 with a walk, missed the cycle by a homerun and knocked in two.
The Rangers desperately need Josh Hamilton back. And a healthy Nelson Cruz. And the bullpen from last year. And...well, you get the point.
I'm just glad Michael didn't get traded before the season started. I have a feeling the Rangers would be looking up at the Angels, the A's and maybe even the Mariners.
By the way, I don't have the card pictured above. Yet.