Questions From Ron Washington For Michael Young

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

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The endless stream of questions for Ron Washington to drop Michael Young, cleaning the place in the batting order is complete.

And you have questions about youth batting average in the playoffs boring and production - and not come back soon.

Not after the young man has proven once again that he is the best pure hitter in the series, which says very little, take the Texas Rangers employee, Julio Franco, Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro steroid use, and Alex Rodriguez.

Young saved his finest moment in what was a dismal series when the Rangers needed it most.

He delivered a pair of two-run double in the third inning and added key Homer seventh inning Saturday, leading Rangers - as if he had the face of the franchise - Into the World Series with a 15-5 head-to-kick and the Detroit Tigers to win the series 4-2.

"He has the spirit of this club," Young said in Washington. "I know that early in the playoffs, does not occur, but showed the professionalism and quality of the person who it is.

"He came through when I needed it most. It seemed as if he saved his best for last. For me, tonight, we got back."

No doubt.

After hitting three youths, two points, five RBI performance in Game 6, it is probably difficult for most people to remember that it was abject many series.

Then consider this: the spectacular performance of Young lifted the ALCS average to .214.


Young and again in the first seven playoff games, he was just three strokes for a tiny .111 batting average. After Young was 0-for-4 in a 5-2 loss in Game 3, Washington endured question after question of dropping the unproductive star in the batting order.

Washington refused, saying it would be a panic.

"Wash believes in me," said Young, "and I believe it."

Young answered as many questions about his depression. Although the easiest way to receive severe eye by young people is to mention the word recession.

He does not believe in them.

Not at all.

Young thinks the next at-bat has nothing to do with his previous at bat. Or the next at-bat.

Each record of experience traveling in a strange case.

Nothing more, nothing less.

It's a little hard to argue with a guy who has six career 200-hit seasons - there were 213 hits this season - and has the franchise record for shots. Remember, Young hit .338 this season, tied for second in the AL.

In addition, young streak was built slowly, with three hits and two RBIs in the two previous games.

"I just got some results," Young said of his Game 6 performance. "I believe in my approach to hitting.'m Scratching and clawing up there, trying to ensure that at-bat."

The aggregate 2-0 in the third, Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton walked into a single loop encompassing the left, the Young panel.

Max Scherzer, ripped the first pitch, a slider to the left field corner, where Delmon Young limped took so long to fix the ball that Hamilton was placed before the score tied 2-2.

The Rangers were still in the third round, even if the head had swollen to 7-2 when Young struck again after Jim Leyland intentionally walked Hamilton to load the bases with two out.

Young, swinging at the first ball again, hit a fastball over the right field line, scoring Ian Kinsler and Andrus as the Rangers took a 9-2 lead.

As the crowd erupted and Leyland went to the mound for his third pitching change of the round, the boy was at second base with a raised fist.

End of the series.

What's more, Young homered on the green hill in the seventh. And it seemed natural that end, he recorded the game on a rocket into the right field beyond the infield dirt.

As he caught the ball, Young got the index finger in the air and ran toward the infield between the mound and second base, where he jumped into the arms of waiting for Andrus, Adrian Beltre and Esteban German.