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Michael Young, with his family, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, following his retirement announcement on Jan. 31, 2014.
If you're heading out to Globe Life Park on Saturday to watch the Texas Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays, you might want to consider getting there early.
Beginning at 6:35 p.m., the Rangers will honor their all-time leader in just about every offensive category and games played in a pregame, on-field retirement ceremony for Michael Young, who signed a ceremonial contract with the Rangers this winter to officially retire as a member of the organization after a bitter breakup following the 2012 season when he was traded to the Phillies and then traded to the Dodgers in midseason from Philadelphia.
There are several local figures scheduled to speak at the event, including Young's good friend and fellow DFW sports fixture Dirk Nowitzki, and his best friend in baseball and former Blue Jays standout Vernon Wells, with whom Young came up through the minor leagues after being drafted by the Blue Jays.
Current Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was mentored by Young and forced one of Young's many position moves, will also speak at the ceremony.
If it ends up being anything like the deal the Rangers put on for Pudge Rodriguez a couple of years ago, you're going to be in for a treat.